NEW Mon 11th January: School Closure
Updated Monday 11th January, 15:32
10th January 2021
Further Clarification for Parents who are Critical (Key) Workers: COVID-19
We have received further government updates and clarification for parents who are Critical Workers. The Education Minister has emphasised that you keep your child at home if you can. This includes children of critical workers if at all possible. If you can’t then you can send them to school following the rules set out below.
At Grange Park Infant and Nursery School we would encourage you to follow this advice, even if you have previously contacted us to arrange critical worker childcare. If you are still unable to arrange childcare, we would request that you provide proof of critical worker occupation from your employer. Please bring this into school the next time that your child attends.
The following are possible questions that you may still have.
Am I counted as a critical (key) worker?
Critical workers include NHS staff, police, farmers and food retail workers who need to be able to go out to work. A critical worker list is published on the in the Restricting Attendance During the National Lockdown: Schools: Guidance for all schools in England January 2021.
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 because both parents are at work because they are critical workers.
If only one parent or carer is a critical worker, can I send my children in to school?
The government’s guidance states that children with at least one parent or carer who is critical to the COVID-19 response can attend school if required. However if they can, the child should stay home with the parent who is not a critical worker. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. If we find it increasingly difficult to provide safe staffing ratios we will have to prioritise places to those families where both carers are critical workers.
I am a critical worker. Do I have to send my child to school?
There is no requirement for parents and carers who are critical workers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so. The government has stated that many parents who are critical workers may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. If your child can be cared for safely, your child should stay at home.
I am a critical worker. Can you guarantee that my child will attend their usual school?
The government has acknowledged that it will be impossible for some schools to remain open. Whilst there is no guarantee that our school will remain open to critical workers, we will do all that we can to ensure this happens
I cannot emphasise enough for us to follow the government guidance on the need to keep ourselves safe by minimising our social interactions as we try to keep everyone safe particularly as the decision to close schools to the majority of children has been taken in response to outbreak of the UK’s ‘new variant’, which has proven to be 70% more transmissible than the dominant version of Covid-19 that came before.
For those of you who do have two keyworkers in your household we understand that you will be anxious about sending your children into school and we want to reassure you that we will do everything that we can to keep your children as safe as possible as we have been doing.
The school will be closed to all children, except those designated as vulnerable children and children of critical workers, due to Government action to prevent the spread of the new variant of Coronavirus in the community.
4th January 2021
Dear Parents / Guardians
As you are aware, the Government has instructed all primary schools in London to close due to the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. Grange Park Infant and Nursery School will remain closed to all children apart from vulnerable children and children whose parents are critical workers. We will write again when we are told by the Department for Education that London primary schools can re-open.
Whilst the school is closed, we are providing online learning and you must login to Google Classroom to access your child’s work. All parents were given login details last term however if you have forgotten them, please email your child’s teacher and they will arrange for a reminder to be sent to you.
If a member of your household tests positive for Covid-19, they must follow the guidance given to them by the NHS and the rest of the household must isolate for 14 days. It is very important that you inform the school as soon as possible by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know who has tested positive, the date they were diagnosed and what date their self isolation ends.
If you have travelled abroad during the Christmas break you must check the quarantine rules for the country you have visited and self isolate for the required amount of time after returning to the UK.
We hope that you and your family keep safe and well in these difficult times.
Remote Education on Google Classroom
Children of critical workers / vulnerable children
The school will remain open to children who are designated as vulnerable, and to children of critical workers. More information can be found on the GOV.UK website:
Please email email@example.com if you have any queries about this.
If your child is attending school, and they or anyone in your household experiences:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
or if they or anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know whether the person experiencing the symptoms has had a test, when they were diagnosed and what date their self-isolation ends.
Provision of meal vouchers for eligible families
Parents of children who are eligible for Pupil Premium will be contacted separately and meal vouchers will be arranged.
Families who have travelled abroad
If you have travelled abroad during the Christmas break, you must check the quarantine rules for the country you have visited, and self-isolate for the required amount of time after returning to the UK.