20 March 2020
School Closure – CHS South
CHS South will close to all students at the end of the day, Friday 20th March, except for the children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to Coronavirus. The Government has produced guidance as to who classifies as ‘key workers’ (see the link below).
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.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But 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.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
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 below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely on childcare from 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.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
- Health and Social Care
- Education and Childcare
- Key Public Services
- Local and National Government
- Food Production and Distribution (and other necessary goods)
- Public Safety and National Security
- Transport Infrastructure
- Utilities, Communication and Financial Services
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
The school will endeavor to accommodate all requests for educational provision and will work collaboratively to ensure that we are able to deliver the best provision possible. This may mean working closely with other local schools, pooling staff and sharing essential resources.
If you would like to make arrangements for your child / children to continue to attend school provision from Monday 23rd March, please complete the electronic form below as soon as is practicably possible.
All other children, will need to be away from school until such time as the Government deems that schools should reopen.