Dear Parents and Carers
We hope you are keeping well and managing to keep your children occupied and entertained during the current crisis. School has remained open to provide childcare for children of key workers and others specified by the Department for Education (DfE) since Monday 23rd March. The DfE has requested that we continue to provide childcare during the Easter Holiday period which starts on Monday 6th April.
Whilst the crisis continues we will endeavour to keep you updated with the latest arrangements for school opening and availability. Please email email@example.com if you have any queries regarding school opening times, whether your children qualify for a place or school dinner arrangements.
Please see below arrangements for the Easter Holidays (6 – 17th April):
St Ebbe’s School will continue to provide childcare during the Easter Holiday 6th – 17th April for children who qualify for places during the current coronavirus crisis.
St Ebbe’s will be open from 8am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during the Easter Holiday period.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you expect your children to attend childcare at school during the Easter Holiday period. Please indicate which days you expect to attend and whether you expect to need Breakfast Club (8-9am) and/or After School Club (3-6pm) on these days. This will assist us in making appropriate staffing and catering arrangements. Please note that After School Club provision is for the children of Key Workers only.
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Dear Parents and Carers
As you are probably aware the Department for Education (DfE) has instructed all schools to close after this Friday, 20th March, until further notice. However schools have been asked to continue to look after particular groups including children of key workers and children with Education and Health Care Plans.
We will contact all families of children who are entitled to come to school and confirm arrangements as soon as possible. If you are not entitled to come to school please note that we will not be able to look after your children at school after Friday 20th March until further notice. We are planning to provide Distance Learning for children who cannot attend school. Further details of this provision will be communicated separately.
We are currently awaiting a definitive list of key workers. However we understand that the list of key workers is likely to include:
• Emergency Services
• Armed Forces
• Prison and Probation Services
• Social Workers, Educational Psychologists and Therapists
• Local Authority Planners
• Environmental Health Officers
• Highway Agency Traffic Officers
• Supermarket Workers (and other food wholesale and retail?)
• Teachers (and other essential school staff)
We understand that children of key workers may not be entitled to come to school if they have two carers and one of them is not a key worker.
St Ebbe’s School will seek to accommodate children of key workers as far as possible within any guidelines or instructions issued from the DfE. If you are a key worker and need childcare please let us know and we will accommodate you if we possibly can.
Period of Provision
The DfE has requested that schools continue to provide childcare for specified groups throughout the Easter Holidays. Consequently we are currently planning to provide childcare from Monday to Friday, starting on Monday 23rd March, until further notice. This will include provision for the children of keyworkers only during the period of the School Easter Holiday (6th – 17th April).
We are currently assessing the number of children who will be entitled to childcare provision and the likely take up. The number of children attending each day and the number of staff available will impact the nature of the provision. Although this provision is being delivered on an emergency basis we will seeking to provide as normal a school day as possible. School will be open from 8am daily, providing a Breakfast Club between 8am and 9am. There will then be childcare provision, including educational activities, between 9am and 3pm. An After School Club will be provided, free of charge, between 3pm and 6pm for the children of key workers only. All other children must be collected from school at 3pm as usual.
As you will appreciate the current situation is very dynamic and any plans we make are subject to change at relatively short notice. Please bear with us whilst we seek to provide the best service we can for all of our families.
Many families of key workers have already contacted us to identify themselves. We will contact these families to confirm arrangements as soon as possible. If you believe you are a key worker who requires childcare and have not yet contacted us please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
Coronavirus Information for Parents and Carers
We recognise that the current situation is very unsettling for many families. St Ebbe’s School will continue to follow official government advice regarding Coronavirus. We understand that the Coronavirus situation is likely to evolve and continue for many months. We will endeavour to update advice for the school community as circumstances change.
St Ebbe’s School will remain open, including Breakfast Club and After School Club, unless we are directed to close by the Department for Education or Public Health England.
We are aware that there are both children and staff who are at higher risk due to health conditions or age. We also recognise that some families include members at heightened risk which makes them particularly sensitive to the risk of infection coming from school.
Please ensure that you continue to advise school, ideally by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, if your child will be absent from school. Please ensure you let us know why they are absent.
Reasons for absence may include self-isolation if your child has a high temperature or a new persistent cough. You should keep your child away from school for 14 days after the first day that symptoms were identified and anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days.
Another reason for self-isolating your child may be that you are concerned that an infection may endanger someone considered to be at high risk in your home. In this case it is important that your child remains at home whilst they are absent from school.
Please note the following steps that we will be taking in school in order to reduce the spread of infection:
- There will be no whole school assemblies until further notice
- Parents’ evening will be postponed until later in the year
- All Learning Exhibitions will be postponed until further notice
- We will stagger lunchtimes in order to halve the number of children at dinner tables
- Dinner tables will be fully sanitised between sittings
- Children and staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated in the Library, supervised by Mrs Robson
- Isolated children should be collected by parents ASAP
- Isolated children should be collected via the outside library door
- All areas an isolated child may have had contact with will be cleaned
- Cleaning materials and tissues etc will be disposed of in line with PHE guidelines
- School staff will self-isolate if symptoms are apparent
- Contingency plans are in place to keep school open in the event of significant staff absence
What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 14 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days.
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
People who are self-isolating with mild symptoms will not be tested.
If students need to stay at home due to the symptoms described above, please inform the school, ideally by email, to email@example.com
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
A new helpline has been launched by the DfE to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Coronavirus – advice from public health
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy
The advice remains the same for travellers returning from the lockdown areas of Italy, that you should self-isolate even if you are not showing symptoms. The advice for other parts of Italy has been expanded to cover the whole country: if you have returned from anywhere else in Italy outside of the lockdown areas, you should self-isolate if you develop symptoms and call NHS 111.
The latest travel guidance can be found here:
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information: