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Dear Parents/Carers

 

Unfortunately, the school has had to take the decision to close today as there was no staff on the premises to provide first-aid and pupils could not be cared for safely. 

 

Staff have been working on home learning activities for children who are not attending school from Monday 23rd March and these will be available on the school website by the end of today.

 

Last night the Government updated its guidance on key workers whose children may be eligible for reduced provision, this is shown below. The guidance also says that if only one parent or carer is a critical worker, they can send their children in to school if required (if there is no safe alternative). The Government advice is that if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

 

  Updated Key Worker Criteria

 

Health and social care Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare Nursery, teaching staff and social workers

Key public services Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits. 

Food and other necessary goods Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food

Public safety and national security Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Transport Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

 

 

Please let the school know if you believe you meet the key worker criteria and would like your child to be considered for a place in the reduced provision schools will offer. You will need to provide evidence of your key worker status to the school.

 

The reduced care provision schools will provide is about care, not education. Children will not have their normal curriculum and provision will be based on a childcare model.

 

As the school currently does not have any first-aid staff, they will not be available from Monday either. The school is seeking advice from Camden today about what the provision for St. Dominic’s children will be. We will update you as soon as we know this guidance.

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