The Department for Education has laid out guidance for the temporary closure of schools and early education settings, which can be found here. This includes guidance on maintaining educational provision, including definition of key workers, and guidance to support free school meals.
Specific guidance for vulnerable children and young people can be found here.
Please see below the latest communication and resources from Surrey County Council.
For Immediate Attention of CEOs, Headteachers and Chairs of Governors/Management Committees. 24.03.20 0830hrs
We wish to clarify and set out our response to the government information released regarding schools this weekend. The government has reiterated that all schools are responsible for providing places to vulnerable children, and children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response. There is now a gov.uk webpage with all published information for schools: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.
We are hosting a Surrey County Council webpage for you to access FAQs, links, resources and recent correspondence with all schools.
There is an expectation that all schools will be open as a minimum between 0830hrs and 1530hrs Monday to Friday to fulfil this responsibility and that all schools notify the county council if their status changes via email@example.com (in the case of closure, written confirmation by Public Health England is needed ).
Identification of Critical Worker Children
Children with at least one parent/carer who is critical to the COVID-19 response can go to school if required. However, many parents working in these critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. When making alternative arrangements, parents are advised that they should not rely on childcare from those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, or friends or family members with underlying conditions.
School children’s medication kept at school
The Clinical Commissioning Groups have requested that schools ensure that any children who have medicines named for them, that are stored in school, are returned to parents to ensure they have adequate supply of their child’s medication if they are not accessing school to reduce requests to GP practices for further supply.
Schools where no child meets criteria or parents have declined the offer
If your school is in this position please bear in mind that planning should still be in place to rapidly respond to the changing needs of families and contact arrangements must be in place to enable families to contact the school should the need for provision arise. Staff may be considered for deployment to other local schools if needed, we shall provide further detail regarding this. It may also be the case that school premises may be required for another purpose to support the emergency response.
Contact & Home Visits by school staff
Please ensure that you have up to date contact details, both professional and home, of all your staff, and their emergency contacts and that you continue to keep the Area Schools Officers informed of any changes to CEO, Headteacher, DSL and Chair of Governors contact details.
Assistant Director Education
These protocol are referred to in the latest communication from Surrey County Council (as above) and have been prepared in conjunction with colleagues across all phases.
Supporting the continued learning of children when not at school
Please see below, some approaches that you may wish to adopt or adapt as you develop your plans in school.
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