Coronavirus Update: Key Workers

Dear Parents/Carers

Key Worker Request for Information

I am writing to share with you the arrangements for children eligible to continue with supervised study at Brakenhale. Please note that, if children are able to stay at home safely, they should, sending them in should only be if you have ABSOLUTELY NO possible alternatives. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. The guidelines are clear that the closure of schools is in place to limit the spread of the virus.

The government has announced the key workers list this morning. This can be found at the following link:

In addition schools are being asked to offer provision of childcare for a limited number of children who are classed as vulnerable. These are defined as: children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, children with child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Please note that for children who fall into these categories attendance is not compulsory; it should still only be if it is not safe to remain at home.

Students attending school will not be taught lessons, they will be completing the same home learning as those children working from home. There is no guarantee they will be offered IT facilities and social distancing will be applied where possible.

It is very important to note our expectations around full school uniform and full equipment will still apply. Our Behaviour Policy will remain in place and, as per our Behaviour Policy, mobile phones and headphones will not be allowed to be used in school. If any student were to contravene our Behaviour Policy we would not allow them to remain on site. In addition if a student were to present with any symptoms of Covid-19 they will be immediately isolated. With this in mind any parent who is offered a place for their child will be expected to provide contact details of an adult who is able to collect their child during the school day at short notice.

In order to keep staff and students safe onsite and all their families at home, we will be taking all temperatures on arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above will not be allowed to remain onsite.

The school will be open for those students offered a place between 9am and 3pm and access to the site will not be available outside of these times. Due to complex staffing arrangements students will be expected to remain onsite for the duration of the full school day. Access to the school will be via Main Reception through the blue tunnel.

In order for us to plan effectively for next week we have created an online form for those who need to book a place at the school which will need to be completed by 5pm today, as it would be unsafe for their child to work from home. This can be found here:

Online Form :

If you are unable to complete this online, please contact the school today.

Given the timeframes, on Monday we will allow all students who have booked a place to attend. From Tuesday children who book a place where it is unsafe from them to work from home will need to provide evidence from their parent’s employer that based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

Many thanks for your support with this and we hope that things will go back to normal as quickly as is possible.

Kind regards

Ms J Coley, Headteacher