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Information for Key Worker Families

Despite COVID19 resulting in a current full school closure for the majority of pupils, Offham Primary School is still partially open and able to offer a provision for children of front line key workers. We will remain operating this service throughout the Easter break, including on Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday. 

 

Whilst we are fully committed to supporting our Key Worker families during this time, it is my duty of care to remind you all that using this provision will put your child and your family at greater risk of infection than keeping them at home. They will be attending this provision alongside other children whose parents are likely, due to the nature of their jobs, to have high levels of exposure to symptomatic patients. Whilst we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of your children I do urge you to consider all possible alternatives to taking up this offer. 

 

Offham Primary School's emergency care will run from 8.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday. We will not be providing additional care outside of these hours. Children will need to be collected promptly at 3.30pm as the school will close at this time. 

 

Children will not be provided with a school meal unless they are registered as having pupil premium status and therefore all children will be required to bring a packed lunch, morning snack and personal water bottle daily. 

 

Please can I remind all parents that they will need to provide proof of their Key Worker status as laid out in my previous whole school email. 

Also, as in the previous set of instructions, we will require an email the day before to let us know if your child is coming the following day. This enables us to plan for our ratios flexibly but also safely. We will not be able to accept children when their parents have not booked in. Ideally this email needs to be sent by midday the day before. 

 

To enable this to be clearer for us to track we have set up a special email address:

keyworker@offham.kent.sch.uk

 

If you want to use our service on Monday you will need to email the above address by midday on Sunday.

 

I need to make you aware that we will only be in a position to run this provision for as long as we have safe ratios in place. If members of my team become symptomatic and are required to self isolate then we may be required to either reduce this service down to only cater for families where both parents are Key Workers, or we may be forced to close completely. This will be our last resort. 

 

If you would like to discuss special circumstances please contact me directly on headteacher@offham.kent.sch.uk 

Kind Regards,

Mrs John

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