UPDATE LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE COVID19 – 23rd March


Dear Parents/Carers

We have now had further updated guidance from the DFE on providing education for children and young people with EHCPs.

DFE GUIDANCE PUBLISHED 22ND MARCH 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

‘Those with an EHC plan should be risk-assessed by their school or college in consultation with the local authority and parents, to decide whether they need to continue to be offered a school or college place in order to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at homeMany children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home.’

This is an update, further to the guidance on 19th March which stated:

‘If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.’

WHAT DOES THIS LATEST GUIDANCE MEAN TO PARKWOOD FAMILIES?

The government is asking schools to continue to care for a limited number of children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID19 response. Children with education, health and care plans are included in this vulnerable group. We do not plan to carry out a risk assessment as described but if you think your child ‘can safely remain at home’ you may wish to consider taking that step.

We are continuing to open school in the day and for a small number of residential pupils. However, we are maintaining a service under increasing pressure. Today we have had 54 staff who are absent. Since we have also had an increasing number of children staying home it has meant we can reorganise classes to cope with the reduced staffing.  

As I said before, we will continue to open whilst we are able to do so safely. We have had to be pragmatic about how we organise class teams and have now merged several classes. We are using social stories to help explain all the changes to the children.         My apologies we have had to postpone IEP reviews (arranged for today) and annual reviews. My hope is these can take place in the summer term.

If you do decide that you wish to keep your child at home and they can safely remain at home, please can you let the school know. This will not affect your child’s attendance record.

Thank you again for your continued support in these exceptional circumstances. Your messages of support have been a great boost for staff morale.

We will continue to update you daily via the website and schoolzine app.

Anna Mansaray, Principal