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Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Update – 20th March

 

As you know, both Athelney and Elfrida will be closing on Monday until further noticeThis is part of the government strategy to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

The government has asked us remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. If you are a critical worker, you are needed to keep essential services going and we thank you for all the hard work you are doing.

Guidance for parents and carers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

In order to support those children who absolutely need to attend, whilst Elfrida’s building will remain closed, Athelney’s building will become a hub for eligible children from both schools for next week. It will be open from 9am – 3pm and staffed by a skeleton staff from both schools.

You have been sent a number of texts about completing an online survey by 12pm today if your employer thinks your role is vital under the government’s guidelines and you are unable to provide child care, or your child is in a vulnerable group. You will have been contacted to confirm your place if you are eligible. If you have missed the deadline for the online survey but qualify please complete the survey by Monday 23rd March 12pm at the latest and you will be contacted by 5pm on Monday to confirm the place for the rest of the week.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9LTSPGP

Children who are eligible for a place will need to be brought to school by an adult each day. We will meet you at the gate to take the register and take any information we might need. A school lunch will be provided at no charge. Your child may bring a packed lunch to school if they wish.

This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for you to send your child to school if you do not need or wish to do so. Some parents working in the critical sectors will be able to arrange for their child to be cared for safely at home and you should do so if you can. We recognise that this will not always be possible. Please remember that you should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the ‘stringent about social distancing’ such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

 

The advice for these children and parents remains the same – if any child, parent or family member develops a new, persistent cough or a high temperature they must self-isolate for 14 days.

 

Thank you for your support at this challenging time. We continue to be here for all of our families and can be contacted from 9am – 3pm the following ways next week

 

admin@elfrida.lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: 0208 698 5755 (This will be transferred automatically to Athelney where there will be a member of Elfrida staff whom you can speak to if required)

Alternatively call the Athelney number direct: 0208 697 2945 or email Athelney at admin@athelney.lewisham.sch.uk

 

We have been preparing how we support children’s learning when they are not allowed into school so please check this website for information. Teachers will be updating class pages regularly, so please keep checking back.

 

Thank you for your support at this challenging time. We continue to be here for all of our families and whist we cannot see you on the school site, we can be contacted between 9am – 3pm by email or phone.

 

Look after yourself and others.

 

Kindest wishes

 

 

Kathryn Wong

 

 

COVID-19 Critical Worker Sectors

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes childcare, support and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response, or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

 

While children are not in school and are not ill there are lots of things that they can be doing!

Teachers will be putting up activities on class webpages and through many online platforms.

 

Please look in the children's tab on the left of the screen to find all of the things you will need.

If you require a hard copy of anything please contact the school.  

 

 

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