As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation. The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear.
If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
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. Next week Myatt Garden will be open to provide care for a limited number of children, whilst Lewisham plans for how best to provide care over the forthcoming weeks.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- 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.
- 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 your work is critical to the COVID-19 response and you cannot keep your child safe at home, then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals.
Key public services
This includes those running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and those responsible for the management of the deceased.
Local and national government
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services
Food and other necessary goods
Those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue service employees.
Those who keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes.
Utilities, communication and financial services
Staff needed for essential financial services provision, the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector.
Thank you to families that have already responded. Please email the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can to allow us to plan:-
Your child’s name
Your role and place of work
The days that you require
We will be providing breakfast club (hopefully we will have food!) for these children each day next week. At this time I am unable to confirm whether Rocks and Pebbles will be providing after school provision, but we will organise cover for any children that normally attend.