Updates for parents and carers
Following the government’s announcement to begin a phased reopening of schools from 1 June, we are sending out regular updates to parents and carers.
During this period of uncertainty, we want to provide parents with as much useful information and advice as possible and will be sending a newsletter out each week while our schools are closed.
Supporting key workers and vulnerable children
It is vital that we take every measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Our schools will have provision for the following children to attend school:
- children who are vulnerable;
- children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below:
- Frontline health workers such as doctors and nurses
- Some teachers and social workers
- Workers in key public services including those essential to the justice system, religious staff, and public service journalists
- Local and national government workers deemed crucial to delivering essential public services
- Workers involved in food production processing, distribution, sale and delivery
- Public safety workers including police, armed forces personnel, firefighters, and prison staff
- Essential air, water, road and rail transport workers
- Utilities, communication and financial services staff, including postal workers, and waste disposal workers
You can find more information about the guidance for schools on maintaining educational provision here:
We strongly advise that you continue to follow the government’s guidance on self-isolation. If anyone in your household presents with a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough:
- all members of the household must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
- it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
For more information about self-isolation click here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Useful links and information
You can find the latest government guidance at the following links:
City of York Council also have information on their website which can be found here: https://www.york.gov.uk/coronavirus
The Department for Education have setup a helpline to answer questions about coronavirus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can get in touch by:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)