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We will endeavour to ensure that any letters sent home from school are added to this page so that you can read them if you do not receive them for any reason. This will include trip letters, visitor letters, non uniform days, clubs etc. If an email is sent, we will also endeavour to ensure a copy is posted here.

January 4th 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Following tonight's announcement by the Prime Minster that England will enter a new lockdown from Midnight, Heatherlands will now be closed to most pupils.

 

As you are aware from the previous lockdown we are in a position to offer a remote education to the majority of children in all Year groups. In some cases, particularly with our younger children,  a paper based approach may be more suitable and age appropriate.

 

Given the timing of the announcement tonight we will need to prepare and organise our approach so I have designated tomorrow ( Tuesday) as a day for all staff to use to get things ready to deliver learning. 

 

Therefore we will not be providing any learning tomorrow but we do have some resources on our website for you to access and additionally children should have reading books and some homework tasks to help you through the day. 

 

Although this is not where we all want to be at this time, we will do our very best to offer a positive learning experience for all our children in the short term. 

 

As suggested the school will be open for some groups in line with guidance for those children which are deemed vulnerable and those of key worker families. Please note, we will be contacting parents who may fit into the categories below tomorrow morning to clarify the position and establish places from Wednesday.

 

Vulnerable children and young people

Vulnerable children and young people include those who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
    • children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
    • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
    • those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
    • those living in temporary accommodation
    • those who are young carers
    • those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
    • care leavers
    • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

Critical workers

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

Health and social care

This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes:

  • childcare
  • support and teaching staff
  • social workers
  • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach

Key public services

This includes:

  • those essential to the running of the justice system
  • religious staff
  • charities and workers delivering key frontline services
  • those responsible for the management of the deceased
  • journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:

  • the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
  • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food:

  • production
  • processing
  • distribution
  • sale and delivery
  • as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

Public safety and national security

This includes:

  • police and support staff
  • Ministry of Defence civilians
  • contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
  • fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas

Transport and border

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes:

  • staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
  • the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
  • information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
  • key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
  • postal services and delivery
  • payments providers
  • waste disposal sectors

 

Thank you for your support and understanding at this very difficult time for all.

 

I hope we can return to school in the near future just a little safer.

 

Until then I wish you and your families well. 

 

Best wishes

 

Mr Churchill

December 31st 2020
Good morning Parents and Carers

 

I hope you have managed to enjoy a good Christmas despite the restrictions and the on going COVID-19 backdrop which I know continues to be a worry for all.

 

Despite this, I wanted on the back of the governments announcement yesterday to clarify and reassure you that Heatherlands will be fully open as usual on Monday in line with government guidance.

 

However as you may be aware we do have some staff members who are clinically extremely vulnerable, which means they are  directed to work from home. This means some of the children being taught in a slightly different way, although still classroom based. We operated this approach successfully during the previous lockdown. Separate information will be shared with you in due course should your child be affected.  Please note, children  should still come to school as normal as we will have contingency measures in place to ensure children receive a good quality education.

 

Tier 4 of course does signal an escalation in events so we will all need to continue to work together as we have previously done by being extra careful and vigilant which enables us to operate within these restrictions and ensure the children continue to receive a quality school experience. The safety of everyone in our school community is our main priority going forward.

 

Finally, I would like to wish you all, especially at this time, a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to welcoming you back on Monday.

 

Kind regards 

 

Mr Churchill

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