Good morning everyone!
Although the news yesterday floated the possibility of school reopening in the coming weeks, I wish to remind parents that our current provision remains in place for the next 3 weeks. Stow Heath Primary School remains closed for all pupils unless they are children of key workers or children who have already been attending school for a variety of wellbeing reasons (eg EHCP/Social worker)
This includes 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 previously. The key worker guidance has not changed and we as a school will continue to follow that guidance. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors previously listed, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.
Schools will require proof of roles and occupation from employers along with weekly shift information to facilitate the provision school will be offering in the coming weeks so please do not be offended if we ask for this evidence.
Going forward, we will be asking all parents for weekly shift patterns to plan for staffing. We cannot accept children into school without prior notice. We kindly ask that parents do not just turn up to school as we do not want to be put in the difficult position of turning you and your child away should you arrive at school unannounced. We staff our current provision based on both the number and needs of pupils in school on a daily basis and so cannot accept children without this prior notice.
I appreciate that for many people, this will cause some problems and challenges but, as Headteacher, I need to protect the children and the staff and, as Mr Johnson said last night, stay alert. This is not over yet and we need to operate in the way in which we have been doing for 7 weeks for at least the next 3 weeks.
I would like to finish by thanking all of you for your support over the last 7 weeks; it hasn't been easy for any of us. I am looking forward to seeing everyone back at school but not until we have the go ahead from the government and plans are in place to ensure the safety of our children, staff and parents. Once again, thank you for continuing to work with us as you have been doing so far. We appreciate your support.
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs Scoffham x