Annfield Plain Infant School and Annfield Plain Junior School
Keyworker Provision March/April 2020
(Please read before completing the key worker questionnaire)
Annfield Plain Infant School and Annfield Plain Junior School are closed, with the exception of critical keyworker provision. We are now working together to provide key worker pupil supervision for parents of both schools.
Provision will take place as below:
Week Monday 30th March – Friday 3rd April 8:30 to 3pm at Annfield Plain Infant School
Week Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April (4 days) 8:30 to 3pm at Annfield Plain Infant School
Week Tuesday 14th April – Friday 17th April (4 days) 8:30 to 3pm at Annfield Plain Junior School
Week Monday 20th April – Friday 24th April 8:30 to 3pm at Annfield Plain Junior School
As the situation with coronavirus continues to develop, we are asking you to carefully consider whether or not your child needs to be in school. There is very limited provision for key worker’s children only, with restrictions attached as shown in the application form. We ask you to respect any restrictions our schools may put in place, to help us cope during these challenging times. We are doing this to ensure the safety of children & their families and our school staff & their families. The virus can be spread, even if there are no symptoms. Please adhere to the strict guidelines in the keyworker’s form. A new form must be completed to ensure we have all the correct information needed for both schools.
In line with Public Health England guidance, the best place for your child, wherever possible is at home with you, helping to maintain good social distancing for our wider community.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the government document. MANY PARENTS WORKING IN THESE SECTORS MAY BE ABLE TO ENSURE THEIR CHILD IS KEPT AT HOME, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE A KEY WORKER. EVERY CHILD, WHO CAN BE SAFELY CARED FOR AT HOME, SHOULD BE, to ensure limiting the spread of the virus. (This is government guidance)
You must read this before you request a keyworker place to be allocated and follow all of the key principles. If the principles are breached your allocated place will be removed:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be with a partner, other parent or healthy grandparents under 70. If one partner/parent is not a key worker they should take over the care of the child, even if they are self-employed.
- Please consider carefully, even if you’re on the keyworker’s list, whether your work is critical and whether you have alternative childcare, before requesting to be considered for keyworker’s list. We may need to prioritise requests for places and may need to discuss with your work manager whether your work is critical, especially if numbers put at risk social distancing or we have limited staff.
- A keyworker’s place should not be requested if one parent/partner is working from home or your child can be looked after by another parent in a different home.
- The keyworker’s place should only be requested on the days that the critical keyworker has shifts and has no alternative childcare; this includes self-employed workers and home workers. School may need to check this information, as this has been directed by the government.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision may be available for them either in school or a hub.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- No child should be sent to either school if they, or any household member, are presenting with any of the coronavirus symptoms and the whole household should self-isolate for 14 days from the symptoms appearing.
- It is the responsibility of everyone to adhere to the above. Please remember school staff do not have PPE equipment and neither does your child.
If you have followed the principles the keyworker place can be requested by completing the form below. To complete this can be downloaded from below or paper copy picked up from school. Updates will be sent by text and published on the school website.
As a school, we need to do what we can to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear: IF CHILDREN CAN STAY SAFELY AT HOME, THEY SHOULD, TO LIMIT THE CHANCE OF THE VIRUS SPREADING.
THAT IS WHY THE GOVERNMENT HAS ASKED PARENTS TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN AT HOME, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, AND ASKED SCHOOLS TO REMAIN OPEN ONLY FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO ABSOLUTELY NEED TO ATTEND. THE FEWER CHILDREN MAKING THE JOURNEY TO SCHOOL, AND THE FEWER CHILDREN IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS, THE LOWER THE RISK THAT THE VIRUS CAN SPREAD AND INFECT VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS IN WIDER SOCIETY.
Mrs Burgess & Mrs Kane (Headteachers)
KEY WORKER QUESTIONNAIRE APJS and APJI – needs to be completed before a place is allocated, with the new provision jointly provided by Annfield Plain Junior School and Annfield Plain Infant School.
One form can be completed if you have more than one child.