Important Notice: Please stay at home

Dear Parents and Carers,
 
I hope you and your families are managing to stay well. We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must follow the government advice to stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives. The Government guidance is clear that parents should keep children at home wherever possible and thank you to everyone across our community who has followed that advice today. The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in our Community Classrooms, the lower the risk of the virus spreading.

Our Community Classroom is here to provide care for the children of key workers and children who are vulnerable only.

If your child falls into these categories and you have not sent your child to school today but intend to do so this week or next, you must let Miss Laidley know on candice.laidley@evelyngraceacademy.org as soon as possible and by Friday 27th March 2020 at the latest so we can plan the number of staff who will be required to be in school. It is crucial that you let us know as we cannot guarantee places unless you confirm to us that you will need one.

A reminder of the details for children who can be sent to school;

  1. Children who are vulnerable: Full details of which children are covered are set out below.
  2. Children whose parents are key workers and who meet ALL the following conditions:
  • The parent must be in a critical role based on government advice - full details of these critical roles are below; and
  • The parent must have had confirmation from their employer that their specific role is necessary for the continuation of essential public service; and
  • Their child cannot otherwise be cared for safely at home.
  • This is such a fast-changing situation, so we will ask parents on a weekly basis to reconfirm you want to send you child into school for our ‘Community Classrooms.’

While schools are closed, we should all continue to follow health guidance.

Find out how to protect yourself here:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
 
For further information on the government response, please visit:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to help us all.
 
Kind regards,
 
Tim Dainty
Principal 
                

 

Government Guidance on Vulnerable Children
 

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. 

Government Guidance on Key Workers
 

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 in government agencies and arm’s length bodies
 
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.
 
Transport
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.
 
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

 

USEFUL LINKS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
 

Universal Credit

https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

 

Employment & Support Allowance

https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

 

Covid-19 Small Business Government Grant

https://smallbusiness.co.uk/how-do-i-get-the-government-3000-coronavirus-grant-2549866/

 

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan

https://smallbusiness.co.uk/how-do-i-apply-for-a-coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-2549863/

 

Citizen’s Advice

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/if-youre-struggling-with-living-costs/

 

Emergency Funding

https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/emergency-funding.aspx