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Guidance on Maintaining Educational Provision

20th March 2020
Dear Parents/Carers,
The Government has just released their key worker list and please find this attached below along with the on-line link.
PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT VERY CAREFULLY as it stipulates precisely the main classification around eligibility for children to access school, as childcare, during these exceptional circumstances.  We understand that you will be anxious at this time, but this document clearly states that if possible, whether you are a key worker, or not, you keep your child/ren at home.
School staff are part of this key worker list and as such will be working to provide childcare (quite often with their own children) rather than providing education during this time.
Class teachers have already put together learning packs for your children and lists of resources to enable you to educate your child/ren at home. Please see the other letter sent out to you which has more information about how to keep your child motivate during, what could be, a long period of time.
As we are still waiting for additional information from the Government, about hub schools, transport and meals, the next two weeks, up to Easter, will still be quite uncertain and unsure about how all of this will pan out.
At this time, we would like to thank all staff for being proactive about putting together learning packs and resources and for keeping the morale of the children upbeat and using this time to maintain normal routines and cheerfulness.
Further to the key worker list, we need to know, as soon as possible, 3.00 pm today, at the latest, if you fall into any of these categories and details of what childcare you would require from Monday March 23rd.
As the start times at each setting vary, please see below, this request must reflect your working pattern and hours between those times. School is not to be seen as wrap around care for full time, if you only work part time. As stated earlier, through Government guidelines, if at all possible, your child/children should be at home to help stop the spread of this virus.
Hellifield – 8.00 am – 4.30 pm
Giggleswick – 8.00 am – 4.30 pm
Long Preston* – 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
*should you require an earlier start please send your children to Giggleswick or Hellifield for the day
Obviously, having three settings open, will be number dependant and will be reviewed constantly to meet demand and the necessary staffing ratios.
We would like to thank you for your cooperation and patience as we start to work under challenging circumstances which will make our normal lives feel very different in coming weeks. We all need to help each other through this and at the same time protect ourselves, our families and those close to us.
With best wishes
Mrs Binns and Mrs Martin