Coronavirus update - advice for parents/carers

Update 14.01.21
 
We have been advised of a confirmed case of COVID-19 that a small group of pupils have been in close contact with. Parents of those children have been informed as these pupils need to self-isolate at home in accordance with Public Health England guidance. All other vulnerable children and children of critical workers should continue to attend as usual.
Update 05.01.21
We have been advised of a confirmed case of COVID-19 that a small group of children have been in close contact with. Parents of those children have been informed as these pupils need to self-isolate at home in accordance with Public Health England guidance. 
Information for school week beginning Monday 4th January 2021
 
Dear Parents & Carers 
 
As we informed you yesterday, the teaching unions have informed us that all teachers and some of our support will be taking action until further notice as they don't feel that it is safe for them to attend the workplace, teaching full classes at present.
Therefore from Monday 4th January 2021, only key worker children and vulnerable children will be able to attend school.
You will appreciate that that this is very short notice for us to organise but I am also aware that it is very short notice for parents.
 
KEY WORKER CHILDREN
Any parent who is classed as a key worker can bring their child into school tomorrow. If you are a key worker but you don't need to use the space tomorrow, we would appreciate it if you could keep your child at home tomorrow and ring school during the day to organise for them to start from Tuesday.
Breakfast club is on at 8.30 for children who were booked in before the holidays.
Staff will be on the gates/doors at our usual times to take details as you bring children into school tomorrow morning. If you are unsure about whether your child should attend tomorrow, the office on both sites will have staff in from 7.30am. It will be fine for children to come in later if you want to speak to someone before you come into school.
If you have emailed our admin today, those names will be put on our lists tomorrow. 
At this point we will ask for your job role and name of employer. You can include that in your email or inform us tomorrow. 
I hope this answers your questions but if not, please contact the office tomorrow morning.
 
Vulnerable Learners
If your child is classed as a vulnerable learner then they are also able to attend school tomorrow. All our EHCP children, LAC children and children with a social worker are classed as vulnerable. If you are unsure please check the list on the link below or ring school tomorrow to check. It is fine if the child comes in later after you have checked. School will contact you if we don't hear from you tomorrow.
 
All other children
 
Remote learning will be provided for all other children by Tuesday 5th January. If your child does not have a suitable device to access remote learning on line then please contact school by email or by telephone from the 5th January to seek further support. 
 
School dinners will be available for all children in school this week or they can bring a packed lunch due to the smaller numbers in school. Free school meal vouchers will be organised for those not attending school.
Thank you for your patience and continued support. Please contact school tomorrow if you have any further questions.
 
Link to Key worker lists and Vulnerable children criteria.
 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision?fbclid=IwAR3boRHu99qlvw9OXVOjtvsa261arUwfbPSPD_XO8OcPmUjPyFVipHt5EEU#critical-workers
Urgent information for all parents & Carers       -          Saturday 2nd January 2021
 
Dear parents and carers, we hope that you have had an enjoyable Christmas. 
 
As you may well be aware, there is a lot of information currently circulating regarding how and when schools will reopen after the Christmas break and we appreciate that this is a very stressful and anxious time for all. 
As school leaders, we receive the same information as everyone and at the same time so we have had no time to prepare for or respond to this developing situation but feel it is really important that we keep you updated. As it currently stands (as of 5pm on Saturday, 2nd January)  the NEU (one of the main teaching and support staff unions) has advised its' members that they should not return to the classroom as of Monday, 4th January and they are urging the government to provide face to face teaching for key worker and vulnerable pupils only with all other children accessing learning remotely. It is suggested that this remains in place for a minimum of two weeks in the hope that the rate of infection will reduce and to enable schools to establish a mass testing response.
 All unions are united in wanting to ensure that schools are as safe as they can be as quickly as possible. As a trust, our first priority remains the safety of our young people, staff and families. We will continue to follow all guidance and work to deliver a quality education to all of our young people. We remain committed to ensuring all of our young people are in school and benefitting from face-to-face teaching but need to ensure that it is safe to do so. While there is significant uncertainty regarding staffing levels on Monday, 4th January we anticipate that we will not be in a position to open school to all pupils. We very much hope that all key worker children and vulnerable pupils will be able to attend as of Monday and we will seek to provide a quality remote learning offer from 5th January for all pupils. 
We are meeting across the trust tomorrow and intend to update all families as soon as we can. We appreciate that this information will cause a huge amount of disruption. Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to minimise disruption. If you need any support in the meantime, please let us know. We will continue to provide regular updates and urge you to regularly check.... Facebook/ website/ etc.
 
Best Wishes
 
Debi Bailey                                          Alison Young
CEO NEAT                                           Head Teacher
NEAT Academy Trust
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