Following the announcement this evening, I contact you to clarify the next steps to be undertaken by school in order to secure effective compliance with the Prime Minister’s Statement. I would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during another significant change to the current situation.
Please do not send your children to school tomorrow
Owing to the extraordinary short notice, Ashgate Primary School, like a number of other schools will be closed to all tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January 2021), reopening to those to be identified as critical workers and identified as vulnerable on Wednesday 6th January.
Whilst I acknowledge this will be a short term challenge for some families who are likely to fall into the critical worker category, it is essential that the switch to remote learning and limited access to school be managed effectively, professionally and with due recognition of the need to make it safe, manageable and sustainable. It is not possible to do this in less than 12 hours and during the night.
What is deemed a critical worker?
As of Dec 2020, Gov UK identified the following roles as ‘critical worker’:
Education and childcare
Key public services
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
Public safety and national security
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
Important: School will only be open to the families of critical workers during the working hours of those individuals. For example, staff working part time would only have access to school on those working days. Consideration and flexibility would be given to those completing, for example NHS shift work patterns. This will be managed on a case by case basis.
Those who will have access to school as they fall into the ‘vulnerable children’ category will be contacted individually by a member of the school pastoral team.
All staff will be present at school tomorrow to support the transition to remote learning which will be made available via Office 365 Teams as of Wednesday. You will be contacted with further support (via means of re issue of guidance already shared) and guidance on how this works. Many families are well versed and experienced in the use of Office 365 Teams, however I do know that this will be new to many. We will support you if this is new to you.
Additional information on resetting passwords for online learning will be shared to support families.
In the meantime, learning resources are already published on the school website under ‘Class Pages’ for those struggling to access Office 365 or who are awaiting materials to be uploaded on the system.
Important change: Our system for remote learning does allow face to face contact with staff and the option to upload work for review.
Please keep an eye out for further notices.
If you are unable to access online learning, we will be providing printed work packs which will be collectable as soon as they are ready.