Coronavirus Update 19.3.20

19th March 2020

19/03/2020
Partial closure update
Dear parents/carers,
We still don;t have clarification as to who comes into the category of keyworker or vulnerable pupils. In order to plan ahead, we are going on the information we already have which is as follows:

Key workers - NHS staff, delivery drivers, police, those who work in the food supply chain, school staff including caterers and cleaners

Vulnerable pupils - those with an allocated social worker and those with an Education, Health and Care plan

If you feel that you or your child falls into the above category, please email me on head@germoe.cornwall.sch.uk if you require child care.

In the event that two parents are present at home and only one is a keyworker, the non keyworker will be expected to provide child care not the school. If the main carer is a single parent and keyworker then we will be expected to provide child care. If you are school staff then you should be able to take your child to your place of work, if your school setting will not allow it then please let me know. ONLY families with the offer of a child care place from the school will be allowed to attend.
 
If the list is updated and other categories included then I will inform you immediately. We are planning to provide this care in the form of one class at alternate settings (one week at Germoe, one week at Boskenwyn etc). The childcare will be staffed by 3 adults on a rota basis.

We are informed that children eligible for free school meals will receive a voucher. I am not yet sure whether this applies to universal free school meals or pupil premium only, I will let you know as soon as I get the answers.

All provision will be reviewed and monitored on a daily basis. We are also planning to call families regularly who we feel are vulnerable but do not meet the criteria for childcare as a duty of care.

Some children are already accessing home learning and have been doing some exciting activities and sharing them with their class teachers. Well done to Meg and Mabel for building a mud kitchen! Skills for life there. If you have not yet accessed Tapestry or Seesaw, please do so in order for us to help you. Children have been/are being given workbooks to take home to complete work in written form if they choose to do so. We are doing our best to provide devices for those who do not have them and will call pupils who do not have internet access. If a child has not logged in to tapestry or Seesaw for a week, we will check on them with a call.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding in these worrying times, please continue to take note and act upon government advice for social distancing and what to do if you or a family member becomes ill.
 
Take care all 

Paula Blackburn
Executive Headteacher