Holy Family Catholic Primary School

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COVID-19 / Coronavirus

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 COVID-19 Letters
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Please see the letter below regarding Key Workers and complete the form if you feel you are eligible. Return your form as soon as possible to: office@holyfamilyleeds.co.uk

Thank you

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Government has seen the need that schools must close to help combat the dangers of the Coronavirus Pandemic this means that school needs to vastly reduce the number of children coming into contact with each other.  The Prime Minister said that children should not come to school unless it is absolutely essential to limit the spread of the virus.

As a last resort Holy Family will provide emergency childcare for parents who are both key workers to ensure the smooth running of our country. If you are providing critical work from home it is NOT appropriate for your child/ren to come to school as this encourages the virus to spread. It is safer for all if children can stay at home or in isolated care. Every effort should be taken to keep your child at home (especially if you traditionally work from home) or with family members who are not in the identified at risk category, to limit the spread of the virus. If it has been safe for Grandparents to provide care over the last week you should continue with this arrangement.  The Prime Minister has advised us to ensure the safety of the children who are in our care during this difficult time and to provide a service for those who are in desperate need.

Childcare is open for normal school hours (8:55am – 3:20pm) or for as minimum time  as possible – this means if a parent can collect their child before the end of the school or bring them later,  then this should be arranged- this is to limit the amount of contact they have with others. Childcare will be offered if both parents are key workers; please visit the government website www.gov.uk or contact school Office@holyfamilyleeds.co.uk if you are unsure whether you are a key worker.

If you are one of the Key Workers who fall within the critical categories you should confirm with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service. As a result we will need you to provide a letter on headed paper or email instructing that you (named) need to attend work because you are a key worker.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles specified by the government:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as elderly grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  3. 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.

 The months ahead are a critical period in containing the virus and it is imperative that you follow the Governments advice to ensure the safety of all. If our Key Workers all suffer, we will! Please be understanding at this difficult time.

Please return the proforma below and e-mail it into school ASAP with written confirmation from your employer that your fall into one of the categories listed on HM Govt’s list of Key Workers.  Once I know the numbers involved, we will make provision for the children of these key workers. No confirmation… no provision.

It is absolutely critical that IF YOU CAN LOOK AFTER YOUR CHILD AT HOME  THAT YOU DO SO. HM Government guidance is clear about this. We need to limit the number of children in school so as to limit the spread of this virus otherwise there is no point in closing the schools.  Please act with a sense of civic duty here and make alternative arrangements if you are able.

Existing Playstation childcare is looking to continue. If you would like more information about the Playstation childcare provision and what they have to offer please contact Harriet on 07780660498.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.  Once we have collated all this data, we will be able to let you know what arrangements can be made to support you and your family.  At this stage we are not quite sure what this will look like until we have collated all the numbers involved.   It is absolutely imperative that you provide confirmation from your employer that your services are essential to the fight against this disease.  Without this we will not provide child-care during school hours. Please refer to the enclosed guidance for schools produced by HM Government.

God Bless,

Mr P McQuillen Strong

Executive Headteacher

Please download and email office@holyfamilyleeds.co.uk