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Key worker update 10-01-21

Dear Parents and Carers of Morton Trentside children,

I am writing this in the hope that this puts some clarity into the confusing situation we find ourselves in. Yet again we continue to receive conflicting messages and last minute Government information.

This is an unprecedented time, all of us are trying to work out what the ‘right thing to do is’. Please believe me, the Morton Team are here for you and will go above and beyond as always, to help you and your wonderful children get through this dreadful situation. I hope this letter enables you and your families to make a more informed decision about what is right and safe for your family.

Education is at the heart of what we do, but at this moment in time we have to focus on what will keep us as safe as possible during this pandemic and until the vaccine is rolled out.

What do we know:

  • The Country is in National Lockdown.
  • There is a rapid rise of infection, hospital admissions and case rates across the country. Our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any other point throughout the pandemic. Lincoln is one of these, hundreds of staff at the hospital are unable to work either due to illness, self-isolation or stress.
  • Scientists have now confirmed that the new variant of COVID-19, is between 50 and 70 per cent more transmissible.
  • The Government have asked us to:  Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives
  • Schools were told to close on Monday 4th January to all but keyworker children.
  • December 31st there was a change in guidance to Keyworker criteria from the previous lockdown.

What has been the impact of all of this on Parents and schools?

  • We found out like you, on Monday at 8pm, that schools would be closed from midnight, after being continually told schools would not be closed.
  • Confusion, anxiety and fear of the brevity of the situation and the fact that the virus situation is deemed far worse than the previous lockdown situation.
  • Due to the new guidance, schools have been inundated by Keyworker children. Some schools have had over 75% of their children in school.
  • Staff shortages, as we too are susceptible to the virus and work without the protection of PPE.
  • Unbelievable stress and double the workload on school staff, who are also living through this pandemic.

What has changed today since January 4th 2021

Local authority and Government realisation that children are safer at home if this can be at all possible. New messages came out on Friday e.g.

 

Message from the DfE on Friday 8th January 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) updated its guidance for critical workers on Friday evening, and advised parents and carers of children who are eligible for a school place that they should keep them at home if at all possible.

Lincolnshire County Council Director of Children Services tweeted the same message and added 'Please only use school places if you really need to - it will help schools enormously'

 

 What can you do?

  • Please keep your children at home if at all possible. With the introduction of family support bubbles this time, it may enable you to keep your children within a tighter family bubble, than in school.
  • Talk to your employer of the change in guidance and the clear message ‘Stay at home’.
  • I am prepared to support you and will gladly speak to your employer if it helps.
  • Under no circumstances send your child into school, if they or any of the family have COVID type symptoms or are poorly.
  • Only book your child into the keyworker provision on days you have to work.

By helping us reduce the number of keyworker children in school, you are helping keep the children who have to be in school, in smaller family size bubbles like those at home.

It is a Sunday and I apologise for the interruption to your weekend but I felt this was such an important message it couldn’t wait until Monday!

Tomorrow is another day and I will update you on what we have been doing so far to support you all whether at home or school. Remote learning and Mrs Riddle’s weekly videos here we come!

Keep safe

Beverley Riddle

Headteacher

 

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