Urgent Letter re. School Closure

Thursday 19th March 2020
Dear Parents,

School closure – Provision of care for the children of key workers

As you will be aware the school is closing on Friday 20 March 2020 and will not be open again for the foreseeable future.
Although at the time of writing, the government has not published any guidance for schools, we know that we are able to make provision for the children of key workers.
We will understand the extent of what we are being asked to do once guidance is published but at the moment we believe that the offer of the provision will be made to families where couples or single parents are key workers. The list of occupations has also not been issued but we assume that it will cover a wide range of services and professions.
In order to plan our next steps, we need to identify which of our children would qualify for this provision.
If you think your job is listed below, and you can provide us with some evidence of your current role (ID badge, contract, service website that identifies you) we will then be able to plan our provision which will begin on Monday 23 March 2020.

Potential List
The list is expected to include:
• Medical professionals including doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics etc.
• Other health workers – such as employment in a medical/health setting
• Community safety – police force and fire brigade
• Education – teachers, workers in a school or a pre-school setting
• Supermarket workers
• Delivery drivers
• Anyone working in “critical infrastructure”
• Children with Education or Health Care Plans
• Vulnerable children with social worker intervention

We are working with the other local schools in the Corbet catchment area. Once we have numbers, we may need to work on a rotation of staff and schools, so your child may be cared for in one of the local schools. It is very likely that we will pool staff in Baschurch and Myddle, but please be aware that this could extend to the other schools as well. This will ensure that we have the right ratios of adults, children, first aiders and so forth.

Important Action
In the first instance, we would like to hear from you as soon as possible if you think your child is eligible for a place. Please visit the schools’ facebook page and say ‘YES OR NO’ to the survey.
Once we confirm the list from the government, and you would want to take up this offer of child care, email admin@baschurch.shropshire.sch.uk or admin@myddle.shropshire.sch.uk and include a photo or scan of your proof of occupation.
On Monday 23rd March, these children should go to their usual school if they are eligible. Any other children who do not fit this criteria must stay at home.

We will start to draft out a plan while we wait for official guidance from the DFE and our own local authority.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Many thanks for your patience.

Kind regards,

Mrs Clare Williams
Executive Headteacher

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