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Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast 8.30pm Monday 23rd March and the new stricter measures regarding social distancing and quarantine measures (otherwise referred to as 'lockdown') we urge all parents/carers to carefully consider their child's place at school.
While the guidance for schools and the guidance for parents/carers has not changed everyone must review if the place is essential. It is very clear, and always has been, that the safest place for your child is at home. School closed on Friday 19th March. School is open for children of key workers only and our most vulnerable children. This does not mean that these children must have a place. Families in these circumstances must carefully consider their childcare options and only bring their child/children to school as a last resort.
Our staff team are committed to supporting our school community.
Those staff with underlying medical conditions and those who are vulnerable themselves are not allowed to come to school but instead are supporting us by working from home, e.g. updating Home Learning and maintaining contact through our Twitter accounts.
Those staff who are able to come to work have worked together to create a rota of staffing to meet the needs of children attending school. This rota provides a skeleton staff as we do our best to minimise contact for them.
We urge all parents and carers to consider the risks of this unprecedented national and global crisis. Please help keep your family safe and your school safe. Only bring your child/children to school if you have no options of childcare at home. Thank you
Dear Parents / Carers
As you will be aware, Coronavirus is a rapidly changing situation and we have been working with the Department for Education, Public Health England and Knowsley Council to plan for such a pandemic.
As per the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday we have been directed to close schools for most children. We are prepared and ready to respond to this challenge.
We are writing to inform you that school will close on 20.03.20 at 3:15pm and will remain closed until further notice. Parents should check the school website and Twitter @PrescotPrimary for updates which will be posted regularly.
Pupils in KS2 will be provided with work through Google Classroom, digital subscriptions or iPad apps. KS1 can access work via the website or work packs if requested. EYFS parents can access activities that will be shared via Parent Share. Please check our Home Learning page on the website for more details. The work will be updated on a regular basis.
As advised by the government, we will be open from Monday 23rd March for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with an EHCP or a social worker. Please let us know if you think your child falls into one of these categories by 12pm on Friday 20th March as we will need to refine our plans according to numbers.
However, we encourage you and your children to continue to follow Public Health England advice on keeping yourselves safe. Updated information can be found here :
The government has made it clear in its guidance regarding key workers: “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.
Pupils who are eligible for free school meals will have their lunches provided for them. Further information about this will be communicated to these families as soon as we have more guidance.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - PHE and GOV.UK advice
In light of the recent outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 we want to assure you that we take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously. We cannot give advice to parents other than that which is produced by the government through Public Health England. Please continue to use this as your source of reliable information. We will continue to use both our website and our Twitter account @PrescotPrimary to support passing on the messages from central government.
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