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Important Update – 19th March 2020
Yesterday, the Secretary of State for Education gave a public statement that all state-funded schools in England would be closed from the end of the school day on Friday.
Having indicated that all schools would be closed, he then indicated that they would be expected to remain open for the children of key workers and for those in various vulnerable categories – providing a safe place and access to meals.
Since we decided to close Brookfields School from Friday 20th March 2020, the situation has changed.
However, our priority continues to be the health, safety and wellbeing of our pupils, their families, our staff and the wider community
We are expecting a definition of ‘key worker’ today from the Cabinet Office. We are also expecting a more thorough definition of ‘vulnerable’ but a time frame for that has not been given.
Whilst the government announcement included children with EHCP’s in the vulnerable group, many of those at Brookfields School also fall into the medically vulnerable group. I have contacted the Local Authority for guidance and I hope to receive this later today.
The Secretary of State gave no undertaking that schools would be expected to sustain a pattern of normal learning during the closure; rather that any available staff would be expected to support other frontline efforts.
Our school response is yet to be determined and I will be working today with my senior leadership team and all staff, to clarify as best we can what this announcement means for our school. Whatever we decide to put in place will also take some time, will be dependent on staff availability and most importantly will need to be safe.
The limited details so far released raise considerably more questions than answers so in the meantime I ask for your patience and support.