Following the Education Secretary’s tweets last night, I wish to clarify the reason why schools are closing. These words are taken directly from the Government advice:
‘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 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.’
So, if it is at all possible that a child can be at home, then they should be. Parents and carers should be doing 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.
Please understand that this move is to keep your children and your family safe. It is NOT because school staff here or anywhere else don’t want to do the job which they love. School staff have been designated as ‘Critical Workers’ – they will continue to work as long as they are well to respond to this national emergency and we are currently working on a plan to ensure the safety of Stow Heath Primary School staff too.
There will be initial arrangements for this coming week. These may well change as we move forward; it may be that we have to prioritise places for children of frontline NHS staff but we will do everything we can to keep you informed as quickly as possible.
To parents and carers who aren’t ‘critical’ workers...we are still thinking about you and your children, and will continue to keep in touch while they are not in school! Keep checking our school website and Facebook page for ideas and activities.
Thank you again for your cooperation and understanding