Update Letter 9: 23.03.20

I am writing to say a heart felt thank you to all of the parents who have reviewed their cover requirements in the light of the need to keep as many children as possible at home. Today across all 3 schools we have had a significant number of parents drop the number of days they are needing cover for or indeed many have withdrawn their requests altogether. This has enabled our provision to be scaled back to safer levels and for this we are very grateful.

Please could I ask if you have reduced your requirements, decided you no longer need any cover that you do email the relevant school to communicate that to enable us to proactively plan, not reactively, sending staff home when pupils do not turn up.

Minster Primary School:office@minster-sheppey.kent.sch.ukor

Halfway Houses Primary

Sunny Bank Primary School:

We are living in the most challenging of times and with the hard line actions taken by the government this weekend: closure of restaurants, cafes and bars we are beginning to realise the scale of the issue that we are facing. I realise that managing childcare for some families, especially key worker families can be difficult but it certainly in the spirit of social distancing it is imperative we all stay indoors if/whenever we can.

  • From March 23rd there will be an offer of childcare from 8am-6pm at all TILT schools for children who need and are eligible for it on any given week day. Children should attend for the minimum time possible. Vulnerable children should only attend for normal school hours: 9-3.20 pm

  • For some age-groups, we may not be providing the normal pupil:staff ratios, but we will ensure that all provision is fully risk-assessed to ensure a safe environment for all children at all times;

  • This is not be a ‘drop-in’ facility. Attendance will only be by advance arrangementor, in emergencies, with an agreement from the headteacher

  • A guiding principle will always be in place that the safety of the children is paramount, if we are unable to provide safe care for any child due to staff shortages, lack of expertise, we will not be able to cater for that child until we can make it safe to do so. This will apply to children who pose a risk to themselves and others: normal behaviour expectations will apply.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time of uncertainty.We are a community, and we will continue to pull together to support the effort to keep society safe.We hope you all stay safe and well!

Kind regards

Debbie Wheeler

CEO The Island Learning Trust

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