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School Closure and Key Groups: Updated - Saturday 21st March

As you may be aware on Wednesday 18th March Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, announced that on Friday afternoon (20th March) schools, colleges and early years settings will close until further notice as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.

It was announced that school would remain open for children of Key Workers and vulnerable children including those children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) for more guidance as to who is defined as a "Key Worker" see below.

The latest government scientific advice on the proportion of pupils that it is advisable to maintain direct support for, in order to maintain efforts to delay the spread of the virus, has been set by the government as a maximum of 20% of the school population. 

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

 

How will work be set for children who are to remain at home? Updated - Saturday 21st March

We realise that these are exceptional circumstances and we are unable to say how long school will be closed for. To support your child’s learning we will post activities on the class pages of the school website. These will be uploaded for the week with answers, where appropriate, published at the end of the week.

The school has also subscribed to:

TT Rockstars

Spellingshed

Frogplay

Details of how to access these sites have been sent home with your child or in the case of Frogplay are on the class pages of the school website.

Teachers will set work on these sites regularly and will monitor if children are accessing these. If we notice that your child hasn’t logged in for a while, we might give you a call just to check that everything is ok. There is a link to the Class Pages below: 

What happens if my child can't find their log in details or didn't bring them home?

If your child hasn't got their log in details simply fill in the form below giving your name, your child's name, your child's class and your child's date of birth and the site your child can't access - we will then send the details out to you. If you don't send all of these details, we won't be able to help.

Lost log in details

Who is defined as a Key Worker? Updated - Friday 20th March

The definition of "Key Workers" was released at a few minutes before midnight on Thursday 19th March. You can read the guidance to parents here: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers 

 

Will my child be attending Gilmour Junior School if I am a Key Worker? Updated Saturday 21st March 

No, across Liverpool there are 50 hub sites, Gilmour Junior School isn't a hub site. The list of hub sites can be found using the link below: 

https://liverpool.gov.uk/childcarehubs

If you are a key worker and are planning to use the hubs please see the link below giving advice to parents as well as specific advice to those parents intending to use the Sudley Junior School hub. Gilmour Junior School staff will be supporting the Sudley Junior School Hub.

I am a critical worker or have a vulnerable child but I don’t want to send my child in to school or childcare, do I have to? Updated 20th March and taken from Government advice shared above:

Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.

For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child.

Key Worker Survey: Updated 20th March 

This survey was created yesterday when the Key Workers definition had not been released. It has been updated with the new Government definitions. In order to keep all the information already collected and remove the need to start the survey all over again, I have added the Government definitions to the existing categories on the survey. This can make for some "curious" combinations - but will help the school build a reliable picture. If you have already completed this survey, you will not need to do so again. 

Survey is below: 

Update on process of claiming your child's Free School Meal Voucher in the event of school closure: 

If your child is registered as entitled to Free School Meals then the school will be writing to you today with details of how to claim your weekly Food Voucher. This is only for children entitled to Free Meals. 

Update on Statutory Testing 

 

The Secretary of State for Education announced yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled:

  • end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)
  • phonics screening check
  • multiplication tables check
  • science sampling tests
  • all statutory trialling 

Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase

The Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

 

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

 

For daily updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) please click on the link below: 

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice

As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:

  • against all but essential travel to Italy
  • against all travel to Hubei Province, in China
  • against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China
  • against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19.

The latest travel advice can be found here:

Government Hand washing campaign. 

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

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