Following the announcement by the Prime Minister this evening at 8pm, I write to confirm that St Joseph’s will close on Tuesday 5th January 2021 until further notice, for all pupils other than vulnerable or critical worker pupils.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 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 school will endeavour to provide on-going onsite school provision to a defined group of children over the period of the school closure. Eligibility will be based strictly on Government guidelines and available to children:
Who are considered to be vulnerable and currently have an Education and Health-Care Plan (EHCP), a Child Protection Plan, a Child in Need plan, is a ‘Looked After Child’, or have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities;
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. The full list of critical workers can be found using this link to the government document:
Any pupils accessing onsite provision at St Joseph’s will be expected to attend every day during normal school hours, unlike the previous school closure in March 2020.
All pupils whether at home or onsite, will access the same live online lessons from their class teacher during this school closure. At home your child will need to have internet access and an appropriate device. We will loan devices, for those pupils whose parents requested this in the device survey last term, subject to availability. Lessons will not take place online on Tuesday 5th January as we make arrangements. Further details will follow tomorrow.
If you consider yourselves to be eligible for onsite school provision for your child(ren), you MUST urgently complete the attached application form on SchoolPing for each child. Please then forward a copy of your proof of critical worker status, via Classdojo to the Office account, or via email to email@example.com by 3pm on Tuesday 5th January. Please note you will only qualify for onsite school provision if the school is satisfied that you meet the criteria outlined above. You will be notified of the school’s decision regarding on-going onsite provision as soon as possible. If your child attends school on Tuesday 5th January, but you do not meet the criteria, your child will not be able to continue to attend. The school’s Chair of Governors, Ms Stanley, will review an appeal should you disagree with the school’s decision.
Ms C Faubert
Guidance from Kirklees Council
A guide from Kirklees Council. All scenarios in addition to parents and carers apply to and should be followed by anyone who looks after your child such as grandparents or other relatives and friends.