Key Workers - Letter to Parents
Harris Garrard Academy has been contingency planning now for the last few weeks to ensure that we can support in the current situation by remaining partially open for vulnerable children, and the children of key workers on the frontline of this crisis.
We will follow government guidance on the definitions of 'key workers' to ensure the number of students who attend is manageable in light of the skeleton staff in operation at the academy. The government has listed the following as ‘key workers’
National Health Service, Armed forces, Teachers and childcare staff, Care home workers, Social workers, Police officers, community support, civilian staff, Prison officer or other probation staff, Firefighters, Local authority planners, Environmental health officers, Highway Agency traffic officers, Supermarket delivery drivers.
The full list is set out here.
Families will be able to opt-in or opt-out on a weekly basis, providing we are notified before the start of each week.
It is important to note, that in line with social distancing guidance by government, where you have any alternative options for childcare, your children should not be in school with others. Please do not leave your children with the elderly or other vulnerable adults.
The academy will complete a daily register and will contact you if you have opted into the provision, but your son/daughter has not attended. If you have opted-in for the week, we will expect you to notify us by 8:30am, if they are unable to attend on a particular day (or even sooner if you can) by phoning reception or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . This will enable us to keep your children safe, plan for their day and make sure they have lunch.
If you would like to opt into this provision and meet the criteria for keyworkers, please could you email with confirmation documentation, to email@example.com Confirmation documentation can include, for example, Work ID Card, Letter of employment, current wage slip (all details redacted except name and employer) or another appropriate piece of evidence to demonstrate you are employed in the ‘critical workers’ list. Alternatively, you can come into reception and reception staff will validate your documents.
Teachers and support staff are developing our plans to ensure a high-quality provision we hope you would expect from us. However, it should be noted that this will not be a normal academy provision. Secondary students will be supervised and supported mainly through independent and online learning. In primary, students will follow activities that are learning based.
At a time in which there is a great deal of anxiety and stress among families, we are doing our best to provide an environment that makes your roles as key workers easier to fulfil and ensures your children are well cared for and given the support they need. We will welcome children in on Monday morning and continue to develop our provision during this period.
In secondary, please could pupils arrive in school uniform, for 9am. They will be dismissed from school at 3.10 pm. There will be lunch provision available for students.
In primary, please could pupils arrive in school uniform, for 8.30am. They will be dismissed from school at 3.30 pm. There will be lunch provision available for students.
Students who attend this provision should be in full school uniform.
With best wishes,
Assistant Director Harris Federation Secondary Education