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Important information for Key Workers

Dear Parents or Carers,

                                                                                                                                                20th March 2020

I refer to my letter yesterday relating to key workers. We have now received further information from government which can be found by using the following link; a copy is also on our school website:


Thank you to those parents who have completed and returned the key worker information form we sent out yesterday, we will contact you separately to confirm your eligibility.


Government advice states that if a child can stay safely at home, they should, this is to limit the chance of the virus spreading. Therefore if one parent qualifies as a key worker but there is another parent at home or other family available, then the child should not attend school. Wherever possible children should stay at home, 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 the wider community.


Please also bear in mind that due to self-isolation and underlying health conditions, our staffing is limited so we ask that parents only seek support if it is absolutely needed.


After looking at the latest guidance, if you now feel you are eligible as a key worker and meet the criteria please email details of your occupation/role and employer to


From next week we will only be open from 8.55am to 3.15pm for a limited number of children, there will be no breakfast or after school club. This is due to the staffing issues affecting the school.


In terms of those children eligible for Free School Meals, who won’t be in school, Sefton Catering are currently drawing up plans to provide lunches. How this is going to operate will be shared with parents as soon as we have the finer details. For those children who will be in school the kitchens will be operating as normal. Children can also bring a packed lunch if they usually do.


With regard to the schooling of those children eligible, parents/carers will see a very different type of provision than that which schools usually provide; for these pupils, it will be about care, not education. This, again, is in line with government guidance for schools.


We will keep all parents up to date by text or information on the school website.


Finally I would like to thank you for all your kind words and support during this trying time for everyone and we hope that we can all return to some form of normality as soon as possible.


Many thanks


Mr. M Murphy


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