20 March 2020
First we would really like to say a huge thank you to all of our staff, parents, governors and wider community who have come together to support Jubilee. This has been a hugely testing time for all of us, but we are so proud of how our community has reacted.
Unfortunately, the time has come where we do have to close the school. This is the last thing that any of us would have wanted, but it is clear through Government advice that it is a necessary measure to take in order to stop the spread of this virus. The safety of our pupils will always come first.
The government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing:
‘The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked 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 … 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, and all childcare providers, 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.
Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
2. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
3. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.’
We are working hard to ensure that all pupils within our school are provided with the best possible educational opportunities during these trying times. We have sent out a great deal of work to make home learning as simple to follow, engaging and productive as possible. This will continue for as long as we remain closed. Our teachers will continue to set work and be available to respond to pupils daily.
We will be closed for all pupils on Monday 23rd March. This is in order to ensure the school receives a medically approved deep clean.
After that, we will be in a position to offer places to attend school to certain children. The government has published advice on who should be offered a space during the closure. Any child with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or receiving support from social care will be offered a place. You should already have been contacted about this if you child fits into this category.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
Education and childcare
Key public services including those working in the justice system
Local and national government
Food and other necessary goods; including food distribution
Public safety and national security
Utilities, communication and financial services
If you think that you fall into one of these categories above, please speak to your employer to confirm that your specific role is an essential public service. If they confirm this then you will need to contact the school directly, by phone, on Tuesday.
We will be prioritising our places in this order:
1. Pupils with an EHCP or with social care support.
2. Pupils where either parent is an NHS frontline staff member e.g. doctors and nurses.
3. Pupils where both parents are on the key worker list, or single parent families on the key worker list.
4. Pupils with one parent on the key worker list.
After we have received this information from our families, we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if your child has been allocated a place. Please do not bring your child to school until we have confirmed their place.
Once again, thank you for your support. We understand that this is a very difficult situation for a lot of our families and we will endeavour to do all we can to support our community during this time.