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    Parent Newsletter 2nd January 2021

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    Happy New Year to you all and your families. I hope that you have had a restful, safe break.

    London is currently under tier 4 restrictions and due to high numbers of COVID19 infections recorded in Brent, the Government have taken the decision to close schools across the borough next week. This is with the exception of our vulnerable children along with those whose parents are key workers.

    No return date has been confirmed, however the government aim to reopen schools from Monday 18th January 2021. This start date will be under continuous review dependent upon infection rates and the associated risks.

    The school COVID 19 risk assessment will be updated to include our latest arrangements. At this time, we advise that you closely adhere to the government guidance to stay safe during the COVID 19 pandemic.

    Monday 4th January 2021 is a dedicated Staff INSET day therefore school will be closed to all pupils.

    All children are directed to access online learning from Tuesday 5th January every day and further guidance around this will be sent out early next week. Paper copies of teaching materials can be collected from the school office.

    If your child is eligible for free school meals (not including universal school meals) you will receive a weekly voucher.

    In order to organise our critical worker provision from Tuesday the 5th January 2021, we ask parents who are eligible to complete the online form https://forms.gle/TFHfJbNYucme2VxKA by midday Monday 4th January 2021.

    Schools have been closed for safety reasons, therefore if there is an adult at home who is not a critical worker, we ask that your child learn from home.

    The critical worker list has been updated and is included below:

    Critical workers

    Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

    Health and social care

    This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

    Education and childcare

    This includes:

    • childcare
    • support and teaching staff
    • social workers
    • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach

    Key public services

    This includes:

    • those essential to the running of the justice system
    • religious staff
    • charities and workers delivering key frontline services
    • those responsible for the management of the deceased
    • journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

    Local and national government

    This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:

    • the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
    • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies

    Food and other necessary goods

    This includes those involved in food:

    • production
    • processing
    • distribution
    • sale and delivery
    • as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

    Public safety and national security

    This includes:

    • police and support staff
    • Ministry of Defence civilians
    • contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
    • fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
    • National Crime Agency staff
    • those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas

    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

    This includes:

    • staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
    • the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
    • information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
    • key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
    • postal services and delivery
    • payments providers
    • waste disposal sectors

     

    We recognise that this is not the ideal start to the school year, however with your continued support, together we can meet the high educational expectations set for our children.
     

    Kind regards,

    Ms Ashton

    Executive Head Teacher