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Five Acres High School

School closure - Key workers

Please see the link to the Government website for guidance on key workers, plus a Google form to complete to enable us to get an idea of numbers of students who would need to be in school

The government has announced the key workers list this morning. This can be found at the following link:…/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-loca…

If children can safely stay at home then they should do this. You should only send them in to school, regardless of whether your occupation is on the list, if it is not safe for them to work from home. The guidelines are clear that the closure of schools is in place to limit the spread of the virus. With fewer children travelling to school the risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable groups is fewer.

There will also be children who would be vulnerable if they are at home regardless of parent’s occupations. Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable. Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, children with child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Students attending school will not be taught lessons in the normal format, they will largely be using the computer rooms to access the same work as those children working from home and social distancing will be applied where possible. Our expectations around full school uniform and full equipment will still apply. Our Behaviour Policy will remain in place.

In order for us to plan effectively for next week we have created an online form for those who need to book a place at the school, as it would be unsafe for their child to work from home. This can be found here If you are unable to complete this online, please contact the school today. The deadline for this to be completed is 8am on Monday 23rd March 2020. The online form takes approximately 1 minute to complete per child.