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Covid19 -Update 20/3/20

Dear Parents and Carers,

Key Workers
Thank you all so much for your support over this challenging period. Later today, I will be in contact with parents and carers regarding which children are eligible to come to school next week. The guidance is clear that where a
child can be kept at home, this still remains the best option, to support social-distancing. School is only open to support public services during this crisis. The full list of key workers has been published and I have had a lot of responses already reading being a key worker.

As part of this guidance the follow are the key principles;
1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. (families with vulnerable children have been contacted)
3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
With this in mind the best policy for supporting the government strategy to deal with the crisis is to keep your child at home if at all possible therefore if there is a parent at home who is not a key worker if that parent is fit to look
after their child/children they should stay at home with that parent. This protocol is set in place ensure public service can continue to run effectively.

Children entitled to free school meals
Chester Park Infant School is the East Central Hub kitchen for children eligible for free school meals.
From Monday Bristol Local Authority and Chartwells will implement the contingency plan to ensure any child who is entitled to a Free School Meal will be provided with a five-day packed lunch to be collected from one of our hub
sites. Please note this will not include children on universal free school meals.
This service will be available for collection from Chester Park Infant School between 11.30am and 2.30pm every Monday (including during the Easter holiday period). This will mean that if you are eligible for free school meals you can come to Chester Park Infant School to collect a 5-day packed lunch provision for your child on Monday.

This will be available for infant and junior children who are entitled to free school meals.

Thank you for your continued support.
Yours in partnership
Mike McNama