SAST Update on School Closures (20/03/2020)
GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE –
The government is asking “parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.”
“It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.”
“Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.”
All schools are closed until further notice but will remain open only for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can. This will be the provision of child care and not normal lessons. All our schools and staff will be contributing to supporting this over the coming weeks and months as required.
Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.
For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child.
The full list of critical workers is included in the guidance on the Government coronavirus website and in the Guidance for Schools document.
Each school will provide details of its own local arrangements for childcare. Next week in most cases this will be in the normal local school but it will be rationalised into local hubs in other cases. This provision will be under day-to-day review.Guidance for schools colleges and LAs on maintaining educational provisionDownloadClosure of Education settings - guidance for parents and carersDownload