20th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have now received further guidance from the local authority. The following plans are now being put into place.
From today (20.03.20), all schools will close to their pupils. On Monday, all schools will open to provide care / recreation / learning for children of essential workers.
This is the local authority’s list of essential workers:
- health workers – all those employed within the NHS
- blue light / emergency service officers
- social care workers, those working in care homes, providing domiciliary care within the home setting, social workers.
- supermarket delivery drivers
- prison officers and other prison staff
- probation service staff
- school staff (if you work in another school provision for your child to attend St Joseph’s is available)
Many thanks for all who have filled in the online form. If you are a worker within these essential services from the above list, please be prepared to prove this.
“Grab & Go” Bags (consisting of a sandwich made from wholemeal bread (ham/cheese/jam), fruit , biscuit and a drink) will be provided for all our free school meal pupils. Kitchen staff will be aware of any allergies. These can be collected every day from school at 11.45. If your child travels by school bus, grab and go bags can be collected from the nearest primary school.
Please ensure that any child who has been absent from school this week/ family members that are in isolation due to symptoms, do not return to school until after the 14 day period has passed. This is in line with NHS guidelines and to ensure that we continue to safeguard our pupils and staff.
I am sure that you will agree that the local authority has worked extremely hard at putting these measures in place and we are extremely grateful for everything that they are doing for our families at this very difficult time.
Many thanks to all of you for your support during this extremely challenging time.
Please keep each other in your prayers.
Ms J. Beaumont
Mrs S. Turner
Please see the link below for the announcement from Kirsty Williams, Education Minister for Wales.