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Critical Worker Places Availability

 

20/01/2021

 

Dear Parents                                                                                                                            

 

Thank you very much for providing us with the evidence of your critical worker status and the hours that you work during the week. We are trying our best to accommodate children who have no other option but to be in school and at the same time to ensure that it is a safe environment for all. We now have increasing demand for places and our year group bubbles are becoming over-subscribed, as such will be applying a triage system for in-school places. The re- allocation will begin from this week. Due to the discrete and independent nature of each bubble, we are unable to guarantee places for all siblings from one family in different year groups. The triage system will be assessed using the following criteria:

   If parents are working from home or if there is at least one parent at home, the child can safely be cared for and therefore will no longer be allocated a place in school.
See letter 12/01/2021 for the government guidance which states:

Critical Worker Children

Your child’s school or college will speak to you to identify whether your child needs to attend. You should keep your child at home...”

  1. Priority will be given to children from households where both parents are critical workers, and working away from the home, or in single-parent families where the primary caregiver is a critical worker – again working away from the home.
  2. Remaining places will then be allocated to children where only one parent is a critical worker working away from home.

Children who have social care support (Child Care Plan, Child in Need, Looked After Care) or an Education Health Care Plan fall under different criteria and are allocated places on this basis.

We acknowledge this situation may present challenges to you and your family, as indeed it is equally hard for everyone in this current climate. We are all going through this and everyone is trying their best to support where possible. Teaching staff will check in on the children at home every week and there will be opportunities for video calls. Learning packs are provided weekly and learning is also available online.

 

Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives.

 

Richard Pearse

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