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Education update for Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Worcestershire Children First
The Department for Education has issued guidance today for schools and colleges on maintaining educational provision during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read WCF update (opens in a new window)
Key worker childcare from Monday 23rd March.
From Monday the 23rd March Cookley school will remain open* for the children of key workers. I am asking that if you are a lone parent key worker or if both parents are key workers you contact us via the gateway this morning – this will allow us to plan for our provision from Monday.
I cannot stress the importance of requesting use of this provision only if you HAVE NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE. As the government is asking parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, we will try to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
The full list of key workers can be found at this link here
Once we receive your request for childcare provision, you will be provided with a more detailed plan of arrangements.
School can only remain open if staffing levels allow
Hours of opening will be 8.30am til 4pm
It is unlikely there will be a meal service provided
Childcare provided when key workers are ‘on shift’ only
School will operate a 'tiered' system if demand is higher than supply.
Daily update from the Department for Education 16.3.2020
Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19.
What you need to know:
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Recording school pupil absences
Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil will be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.
Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil will be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. (I)
If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they will be marked as absent. (C/U)
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
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