OUR SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

Following government guidance, all of our schools are closed until further notice.

Be aware of scam emails

We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following:

‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

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. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

If you are unsure if your work is considered critical to the COVID-19 response, you should check with your employer.

Do not send your child to school on Monday 23 March unless you have received confirmation from the school.

Please note that the school buildings and grounds will NOT BE OPEN to any other children or visitors.  It is critical that we take every measure possible to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect the children in our care and the staff who will continue to work.

Latest guidance

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/

Pre-existing and long-term health conditions

If someone in your household suffers from a pre-existing or long-term medical condition which makes them more vulnerable, we recommend that you contact your GP or health care professional for advice and update your headteacher as appropriate.

Useful links and information

You can find the latest government guidance at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

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

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)