Closure Arrangements - Please Read - Key Worker Information Required - Thursday 19th March 2020
As you are doubtless aware, as of Monday 23 March, all academies and schools in England will be closed until further notice. We are writing to provide you with the best information that we have available at present. We will continue to further update you as and when we are able. If you wish to read the statement from the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, it can be found here:
In accordance, we will be making provision for two specific groups of pupils: those whose parents or carers are key workers and those who have an Education & Healthcare Plan (EHCP).
Please note that we will only be able to make provision for pupils who fall into these two criteria. There will be no exceptions. We realise that this will be troublesome for some parents/carers, but we cannot start making individual arrangements in the interests of fairness, consistency and achieving the purpose of academy closures (minimising social contact). Please be considerate and do not put us in a difficult position by asking us to accommodate your child if they do not fulfil the criteria.
Please be aware that those children who do attend will be undertaking similar activities to those of their peers who are working at home. The purpose of the academy closures is to minimise contact and therefore we will be providing skeleton staffing to provide supervision and care for pupils who do attend. This means that we will not be running a normal timetable. It is perhaps worth noting that the Secretary of State has been clear that this is an entirely different role for academies/schools and their staff. It is primarily about care, not education.
As we will need to plan staffing, we will need to know in advance which pupils we will have in attendance. Therefore, if you are intending to send your child to the academy during the period of closure, please can you complete a request to attend survey, found on the following link
All responses must be received by 1pm on Friday 20 March please.
Upon receipt of your form, we will assess the validity of your request, confirming the attendance arrangements and then be able to establish daily registers of pupils. If you indicate that your child will attend and this changes for any reason, please let us know immediately. Apologies for having to be so prescriptive about this; we know you will understand why this is necessary.
Please note that children will need to bring a packed lunch; there will be no catering facilities available in the academy. If your child is eligible for Free School Meals and you indicate that you wish us to do so, we will provide them with a packed lunch.
We are awaiting definitive guidance on what constitutes ‘key workers’. For now, our working definition is that key workers include NHS staff, teachers, police officers and PCSOs, prison officers, probation staff, armed forces, social workers, firefighters, workers in logistics (transport, delivery, refuse collection etc) and civil service personnel. We will provide a definitive definition when it becomes available. For now, if you believe you are a key worker and your occupation does not fall within this list please contact us and we will discuss this with you.
There has been an indication from the Secretary of State that he would like academies/schools to continue to provide this service to key workers over the upcoming Easter break. We will need to await further details, but if this proves to be the case we will endeavour to do so.
We regret very much having to put these arrangements in place and we thank you for your understanding and forbearance. We would like to take the opportunity to publicly thank all our wonderful colleagues who have worked so hard this week to allow us to keep the academy open.
Our whole community is in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you are all able to navigate the next period of time with minimal difficulty and we look forward very much to when our academy can be reunited and return to normal. That time will come and we will be ready.
New Line Learning Academy Leadership Team