COVID-19 (coronavirus) advice
Please see below the latest advice regarding COVID-19 (coronovirus). We will update this regularly as we receive information from OCC and the Department of Education.
Update - 20th March 2020 from Gavin Williamson (secretary of state for education)
It is clear that education and children’s social care settings are increasingly finding it difficult to continue as normal, as illness and self-isolation impacts on staffing levels and pupil attendance. To provide parents, student and staff with the certainty they need we are announcing that schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Special schools are advised to make case by case basis assessments of the health and safeguarding considerations of pupils and students on an education, health and care (EHC) plan. For some, they will be safer in an education provision. For others, they will be safer at home. We trust leaders and parents to make these decisions and will support them as required. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
Examples of keyworkers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.
A full list of key worker categories has been published by the Cabinet Office :Guidance from Government about who can attend school
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.