Further to the announcement regarding ‘key workers’ by the Minister for Education we would like to offer the following advice and support:
- The safest place for you child is at home, where his/her contact with other children/adults who may be carriers of the virus is limited.
- All parents are urged to do what they can to make arrangements for their child to be cared for at home by a parent, guardian, older sibling, family member or friend.
- If you are an identified ‘key worker’, with no other means to have your child cared for during normal school hours, then please contact us by email at email@example.com by 5pm on Saturday 21 March 2020. This will enable us to plan accordingly.
- The criteria set out by government to identify ‘key workers’ can be found at https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/news/letter-minister-education-education-sector:
- Pupils in Years 11 to 14 must remain at home and will not be permitted in school from Monday 23 March 2020, until further notice.
- Normal bus services/school transport will not run.
- To combat the spread of the virus we must do all in our power to socially distance. This is best done in the home environment.
- School will be open on Monday 23 March with a skeleton staff to help accommodate those pupils whose parents are identified as key workers and have no alternative means of childcare (Years 8-10 only).
- Pupils in attendance will complete the online work set by staff. Where possible, and for health and safety reasons, pupils should bring their own devices to school to work on this.
Again, let me take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and support at this time.