KEY WORKER UPDATE
Registering for Critical Worker status
PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY IN ORDER TO KEEP YOU, YOUR CHILD AND THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAFE
Children who can be cared for at home, must be cared for at home. This is appropriate for all families, including key workers. Access to school should be deemed a last resort for critical workers -not a ‘go to’ provision; this is in order to keep the community safe.
Gov UK state that those children whose parents are deemed ‘critical to the Covid 19 response’ have an entitlement to send their child to school during lockdown. In order to manage this safely and effectively, St Anne’s Primary School is asking parents to register key worker status if they are of the view that their work is critical to Covid 19 response. A list of examples of these roles are listed below.
Critical to the Covid 19 response cannot be confused with an employer’s view that a role is critical to their business model or plan. There is a key distinction. A letter from an employer stating their view that you are a critical worker in their business is not authority, nor is their interpretation of guidance.
Priority will be given to those families of critical workers where both parents fit that criteria, or where a key worker is a single parent.
The government has stated that many families with a parent or carer working in critical sectors will still be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. Where a child can be cared by another at home, they should be.
If we find it increasingly difficult to provide safe staffing ratios we will have to prioritise places (priority list provided).
Access to school for critical workers will only be available during the periods that they are employed. For example, part time workers who are employed on Mondays and Tuesdays are not to bring their child/ren to school on other days.
The final decision as to the relevance of a key worker status claim lies with the Senior Leaders alone.
REMEMBER – the lockdown is aimed to reduce transition of Covid 19; the greater number of pupils that attend, the greater the risk of bubbles being placed in isolation and key workers, such as doctors and nurses, not being able to fulfil their role. The school cap on access is targeted at no more than 20% of the school population at any one time inclusive of those deemed as vulnerable pupils (see school priority list below).
School will be open between 08:30 and 15:15 for those approved as critical workers. The children should be brought to the main playground using the one way system.
Care will take the form of a mixture of formal teaching of core subjects (in line with that offered in remote learning) and creative, wellbeing activities.
We will contact you later today to confirm whether or not your child has a place starting tomorrow. Be prepared to provide evidence of your role via means of, for example, identification badge, contract, payslip or business/employee time sheet. Only when this is approved will you formally be authorised to access school provision.
Thank you for your understanding.
Priority list for access to St Anne’s RC Primary School (in order or) which will be applied to support safe pupil ratio:
- are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
- have an education, health and care EHCP.
- have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance
Children whose parents are identified as critical to the Covid 19 response where they are either:
- Single parent
- Where both parents are key workers.
Priority will be given to: Emergency / health care service practitioners / public safety / social care/ teachers and support staff
Children of those where one parent is identified as critical to the Covid 19 response
- This is not an automatic right of access to school and will be managed on a case by case basis ONLY where pupil safe ratios allow)
COVID ’19 UPDATE
5 January 2021.
Please will you complete the form using the link below so that we can ascertain whether you are eligible to send your child to school during this unprecedented time. It is important to stress that every child who can stay at home absolutely must.
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. Due to the limited staff ratios, priority will be given to families where both parents are key workers and cannot work from home.
Key Worker Categories
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including government agencies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes 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 (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
Covid-19-Update – 09.09.20
Dear Parents and Carers,
After such a long time away from school, it has been lovely to see all the children that have returned so far. We look forward to welcoming our new nursery children over the next few
We have worked hard to put a plan in place to ensure that we mitigate risk whilst providing an excellent and nurturing education to all children who attend St Anne’s. We will continue to tweak the plan as the need arises. You will have no doubt seen in the press that the COVID19 levels have started to rise again and some schools have had to send classes home.
We hope to avoid this if we all do our part in adhering to the guidelines. To support us in all that we are doing can we ask the following of you:
Send your child to school with only a coat, water bottle and a packed lunch if they have one. This is to restrict the amount of things brought into the building as we have limited space in the classrooms and the cloakrooms are out of bounds until further notice.
Only send one adult per household to drop/collect the children to and from their lining up zones. We have to restrict the amount of adults crossing the playground. Whilst in the playground, please try and keep a safe distance from each other.
Speak to your child regarding why good hygiene is important. We are doing this in school but it would help us if this is reinforced at home. There are several hand sanitising points around the school and the children should use them at regular intervals. If your child wears a mask to and from school can you remind them to place it in their pocket and not place it on the desks? We do not want to spread any unnecessary germs. There is no requirement for primary school aged children to wear masks inside the building.
As mentioned in my previous letter, the staggered times did not work for the families of our school which is why we have chosen to revert back to our usual times but have lining up zones to ensure a safe distance between the class bubbles. As nursery, reception and year one use their own doors, it leaves us with one more exit to disperse a further five classes from at the end of the day. You will appreciate that this takes time in order to avoid any crossover in the corridors so we ask you to be patient at the end of the day while we get all classes out on to the playground. The teachers are trying their best to do this as quickly and efficiently as possible.
To avoid the class bubbles mixing during lunchtime, we are operating a rota of one week on hot meals and one week on a school packed lunch. This is due to the fact that only one class can be seated in the hall at any one time. If your child does not like the hot choice of food on their day in the hall they can select to have a sandwich instead. Please remind them that this is an option.
Your child’s teacher will try to bring their class in as quickly as possible in the morning in order for learning to start promptly. If you have any queries at all regarding their learning, please contact the office and the staff will arrange a telephone call or an appointment for you.
Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to ring school or send messages to show your appreciation of everything that is in place. We appreciate your support during this difficult time.
Mrs A Shore
Wider School Re-Opening in September
Whole school reopening – September
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Thursday 3 September.
Our systems are already in place for the children and staff that we currently have in our ‘bubbles’ and from September we will continue with this approach. We are busy tweaking plans and writing new risk assessments so that we can fully open to all classes. In order for us to continue to operate safely, providing a full curriculum, we are going to group the children into class bubbles. This will mean that throughout the day the children in each class will stay together and their interaction with other classes will be minimal. On Thursday 3 September and Friday 4 September the children will spend two days with their current teacher. This will enable them to end the year properly by completing some transition activities and also allowing the children the important opportunity of saying their usual goodbyes. From Monday 7 September the children will then move to their new classroom and remain with their new teacher.
Breakfast and after school clubs
We will be opening our clubs from Monday 7 September and they will take place in the hall to allow for children and adults to have more space. The numbers will be limited and working parents will take priority. Please let Mrs Jarvis know if you require a place from 7 September to enable us to manage the provision in a safe manner.
As you will appreciate there will be an increase in numbers at the start and end of the school day therefore it is essential that you follow the designated times and plans for the drop off and collection procedures.
||Drop off time
||Pick up time
|Year 1 and 2
|Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
||You will be contacted directly with your start date and time
*We have adjusted our timings at the end of the day to avoid parents having to wait for siblings*
*Siblings – For parents with siblings you can drop off and collect in the earlier time zone, for e.g. two siblings in Year 1 and Year 6 could be dropped off 8:45am and collected 3:00 – 3:00pm.
Here are a few important points for you to familiarise yourself with in preparation for returning to school:
- Only 1 adult should drop off/pick up to reduce the number of people around school.
- We want to promote independence, as we have previously done, therefore our Year 6 children (only) will be allowed to walk to and from school by themselves, if we have consent from a parent (a form will be sent electronically if necessary) – please note they will not be allowed to bring or take home a younger sibling.
- Please walk, or cycle, to school whenever possible – to ease traffic congestion. Avoid public transport if it is feasible for you.
- Please disperse as soon as you have dropped your child off – to avoid unnecessary larger gatherings.
- Children should be in full school uniform.
- On days when your child has PE, they are to come to school in their PE kit and trainers. No change of clothes is required. This is to help with the logistics as changing rooms cannot be provided. It will also minimise the items that children are bringing into school as per the Government advice.
- Following government guidance cloakrooms will not be used – to avoid bubbles mixing and to maintain social distancing. As the children will be storing their belongings at their desks, please do not send your child in with a bulky rucksack. All they will need is their school water bottle, lunch (if having packed lunch from home) and their reading book. No pencil cases please as all equipment is provided and cleaned in school.
- Public Health England has advised schools to ensure that children do not wear face coverings in school. They must only be worn for their journey to and from school if public transport is essential. If staff need to come into close contact with a child e.g. when administering First Aid or if a child shows symptoms of Covid-19 they will wear the appropriate PPE.
- If your child develops symptoms, whilst at school, they will be sent home immediately and you will be supported to have them tested for Covid-19 and given instructions of how the family should isolate to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
- If your child or a household member develops symptoms at home, please do not send your child to school. Please contact us and we will support you with what to do next.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you back. I know we can rely on your continued support to enable us to do this safely by following the points detailed above. Your support is a constant reassurance for us.
In the first few weeks our focus will be:
- Settling everybody back into a school routine.
- Building up the children’s confidence, resilience and re-establishing friendships.
- Gauging where the children are in terms of their learning, then building on top of the knowledge and skills that they have retained.
- Supporting children to re-establish their positive attitudes to learning and independence.
We understand the last 6 months have been challenging and we want our personal, social and health education (PSHE) to fully support our children. Therefore, from September, we will be using lots of resources from Manchester Healthy Schools Programme which offers a comprehensive programme for Primary PSHE with a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.
Mrs Mirza is our PSHE lead in school – if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
We are mindful that the home learning you have had to manage this term may have put a lot of strain on you and your child but anything you can continue to do at home will be a bonus. From simply listening to your child read, to helping them with their number bonds and times tables – it will be time well spent.
If you need to contact school please either telephone or email using the details at the bottom of the page. We will respond to any queries as quickly as possible.
Once again, we are all looking forward to seeing everyone – have a lovely summer.
Mrs A Shore
End of Year Letter
We are approaching the end of another school year and it has been a very busy, yet strange one. Thank you for all your support while we have been dealing with a very difficult set of circumstances.
Your positive messages and emails have helped us all get through a challenging period. We are now busy working on new plans and updating risk assessments so that all children will be able to return in September.
We will send you a text once these are complete and direct you to the arrangements on the school website.
Unfortunately due to the difficult circumstances and lack of space, we have been unable to carry out our usual transition arrangements where the children meet their new teachers.
The teachers are really looking forward to getting to know the new classes.
The class organisation for September is as follows:
Nursery – Miss Sellers, Mrs Cook
Reception – Mrs Mirza, Miss Muldoon
Year 1 – Mr Moynihan, Mrs Poole
Year 2 – Mr Hoskin (Assistant Head of KS1 and EYFS), Mr Arnold
Year 3 – Mrs Corcoran, Mrs Di Rosa
Year 4 – Mr Owen (Assistant Head of KS2), Mr Bell
Year 5 – Miss Ames (newly appointed), Miss Shing
Year 6 – Miss Tustain, Mr Corr
Mr Crolla – PE Coach/PPA cover
Miss Brown – PPA cover/intervention groups
Mrs Broderick will remain non class-based and will lead on Attendance, Child Protection and Special Educational Needs provision.
Mrs Hunter will continue to support Mrs Broderick on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Miss Berry will leave us at the end of term. We wish her the best of luck for the future.
End of year reports will be ready on Wednesday 15th July.
If you have any questions regarding the reports, please email your child’s teacher using the class email address.
We break up on Friday 17 July at 3:15pm.
The children return to school on Thursday 3 September 2020. We will be having two INSET days on 1st and 2nd September to allow us to get the school fully operational for a safe return. This is a slight amendment to the original calendar.
Once again thank you for your continued support throughout the year.
Have a lovely summer break.
Please click on the link below Re: Update on school re-opening on 9th June.
Re: update on possible reopening of schools
Thank you for your patience whilst we waited for further information on reopening schools. The government has now published more guidance, and we summarise what we know so far below.
To recap, if the government thinks it’s safe, schools will reopen some time in June to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.
Over the coming weeks, we will be creating a detailed plan to make sure that we can safely welcome these year groups back but only if it is safe to do so. Precautions we will be taking include:
- Limiting class sizes
- Staggering break times, lunch times and pick-up and drop-off times
- Increased cleaning
- Keeping pupils and staff with coronavirus symptoms at home
If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, or living with someone who is in this group, they should not come back to school and should continue home learning. If your child is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), you should follow medical advice to decide if they should come back to school. Please refer to government guidance for further details of these groups.
I want to reassure you again that we will not be pressuring parents to send their children to school – you know what is best for your child’s health and wellbeing. We will provide you with more details on the arrangements for reopening in the coming weeks so that you can make the appropriate decision.
Please be reminded that in the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. Until we are told that it is safe to do so, we are unable to provide places for other children.
We will keep you updated once we know more about when the school will be able to reopen for other year groups. For pupils at home, we will continue to support you and your child with home learning and meal support for those eligible. Anyone in receipt of Free School Meals is able to collect a packed lunch from school. Please let us know by 9:30am each day if you would like one made up.
If you have any questions, please contact the school office and we will do our best to allay any worries that you may have.
Best wishes – stay safe,
Mrs A Shore
Re: possible reopening of school to more pupils in June
We know you will have seen in the news that schools may reopen in June to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils if the government thinks it is safe to do so by this point.
We are waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government, which will hopefully help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We will share this with you as soon as possible so that you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice.
It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we are going to be doing everything we can to make sure that we are ready to receive these year groups if it is safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.
However, we are also not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We will keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so that you can make an informed decision.
In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we are currently not in a position to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.
We would like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child to learn from home. We will need to keep this going for a while yet, so please continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing. Please visit the class pages on our website, as well as the Twitter feed, for new activities.
If you have any questions, please contact the school office using the contact details at the bottom of the page.