FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - SCHOOL CLOSURE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – SCHOOL CLOSURE

 

When are Schools Closing?

Wheatfields Primary School will close their doors from Monday 23rd March 2020.

When will they be reopened?

Schools will be closed until further notice from the UK Government.

Can my child still attend school?

Only the children of keyworkers (see below), those with EHCPs, and those whose families are being supported by Social Care can still attend Wheatfields during the hours of 8:45am and 3pm. Kids Club facilities for wrap-around care for these pupils only can be provided if required. All other children must remain at home.

Who counts as a keyworker?

The Government has issued the following information to outline who counts as a keyworker and in broad terms this is as follows:

 

“If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision”:

 

  • Health and social care

  • Education and childcare

  • Key public services

  • Local and national government

  • Food and other necessary goods

  • Public safety and national security

  • Transport

  • Utilities, communication and financial services

 

For further information regarding these groups, please refer to gov.uk website on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

Which children qualify to attend school during the closure?

Only the children of keyworkers (see below), those with EHCPs, and those whose families are being supported by Social Care can still attend Wheatfields during the hours of 8:45am and 3pm. All other children must remain at home.

Can I access childcare whilst Schools are closed?

Our Kids Club will be closed during the period of closure, except for those children of Key Workers or vulnerable groups as outlined above, in line with all other educational settings during this outbreak to support Social Distancing guidance. Parents should not expect elderly relatives or those who fall into vulnerable categories according to the guidance from Public Health to take care of their children.

What learning plans are you putting in place for children during the school closure?

Class teachers have written out plans for children to learn at home during the closures. These include online activities and consolidation/revision activities of areas of learning already taught in school, so should be done mostly independently. These are all available on the School’s website under the Home Learning tab – see Home Learning FAQs for queries.

Will the end of year tests (SATs and Screenings) still take place?

The DfE has announced that all testing and examinations due to take place in May and June this year 2020 have been cancelled. It does not plan to postpone them to later in the year. It is not yet decided how pupils will be assessed, but we have our own assessment strategies in school to support teacher understanding of where the children are in terms of their own progress and attainment.

Will Kids Club still run over the Easter holiday?

Kids Club provision is an extension of Wheatfields Primary, and therefore is subject to the same closure arrangements as the School. The centre will, however, be used to support the children of keyworkers and/or vulnerable groups should there be the need during the Easter holidays; the School will contact these families individually.

How will I be kept up to date on the situation?

Please continue to look at the School’s website for regular updates on the situation. We will also send regular email communications via SchoolComms to families with further guidance on the closure, as and when we receive it.

My child is in receipt of free school meals and usually has a school meal. Is there support in place to help with this?

The school is working closely with the DfE and Local Authority to put in place a system whereby children in receipt of free school meals can still have a meal provided in some form. We will get in contact with these families as soon as we can to communicate arrangements.