Key Workers/School Provision Update (22/03/2020 - 12pm)
There has been some misinterpretation of the government's guidance about schools being open for keyworkers. We need to reinforce to to you all that schools are closed to the masses in order to slow the rate of infection. EVERYONE needs to be practising social distancing. Look at what is happening in Italy - we need to do whatever we can to protect ourselves, our children and our families. We need to take this seriously.
The basic premise is this: If you can keep your child at home, then do so.
“I’m a key worker but I’m working from home so I’ll send my child to school.” Regardless of being a key worker - if you are working from home then keep your child at home with you. Your company are protecting you, you need to protect your child. You don’t need the emergency childcare provision.
“My partner can’t work from home if the kids are there so I’m sending them to school so he/she can work in peace.” If your partner is at home, then your children should be too. Yes, it will be inconvenient for them, but people are dying. You don’t need the emergency childcare provision.
“My child will hate being cooped up in the house. I’m a stay at home parent but my partner is a key worker so I’m going to send the children to school.” Every extra child in school is another person capable of spreading the disease to the children whose parents have no choice but to send them in, and to the staff working. These children and staff will then take the disease home with them. If you are at home, keep your children home, even if it is hard work. You don’t need the emergency childcare provision.
You may not feel like this really impacts you because your family are fit and healthy and if you catch it, you may just have mild symptoms no different from a cold. But if your child is in school unnecessarily and spreads it to their teaching assistant who takes it home to their husband who has an underlying health condition and dies - could you live with that?
Mr Booth, under instruction from the Local Authority, will review our numbers tomorrow and decisions may have to be made about who continues to receive a place in our emergency provision. We may be told that we are not able to go above 70 children and the keyworker criteria may have to be reviewed.
These are unimaginable times. We all have a responsibility to do our bit, so please consider whether your child really NEEDS to be in school. Just because you can, does not mean you have to send them in.
Thank you for your support and understanding.