'Stay At Home' message from central Government
Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times, we hope you are all keeping safe and well.
Guidance on limiting the spread of COVID-19 is updated daily and no doubt you have been keeping yourselves informed. However, over the weekend there has been a clear message for all parents/carers whether or not they are ‘key workers’ and that is that wherever it is at all possible, children should stay at home.
Gavin Williamson the Education Secretary tweeted that you should not send your child to school unless you absolutely have to. If you are able to keep your child at home you should.
The advice from Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health England is:
“To reiterate, school closures are critical to reduce population spread to a level the NHS can cope with. This is essential to save lives. If a substantial number of children attend school this will unravel this initiative and make pandemic likely”.
We are taking seriously our commitment to providing supervision for children of Key Workers (where their work is critical to the COVID 19 response) and ‘vulnerable’ children. On Wednesday 25th March I have a meeting with key staff and Headteachers at Bridge Academy Trust to look at what provision will look like moving forward. This includes a focus on human and physical resources which are becoming increasingly limited on a daily basis. I will advise of any changes to provision as and when they are decided/ratified.
In light of the changing picture and the strength of the message from central government and Public Health England, we would be grateful to hear from any parent who has been able to re-evaluate their position and no longer needs their child to attend school. The fewer children we are providing for the fewer the risks to them, to their families and to the staff here in school.
For all children remaining at home (full or part-time) there is suggested school work, useful inline learning links and plenty for them to be attempting on the 'Home Learning page ('Parents' menu) of this website.
Thank you once again for your support, patience and understanding in these very unusual circumstances.