I am writing to update you with the most recent guidance from the Department for Education (DFE) with regards to schools operating during this challenging period of closure.

The current advice is that schools should remain open for the children of critical workers and for vulnerable pupils. However, the advice makes it clear that if children can stay safely at home then they should do to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

The Government asks that parents keep their children at home wherever possible and that schools should remain open only for those children that absolutely need to attend. (Critical workers are those as defined by the Government and vulnerable pupils are those that are supported by a Social Worker and/or have Educational Health Care Plans).

As a school, Poulton Lancelyn currently has a number of staff who are unable to support staffing rotas when school is open to pupils due to them being categorised in ‘high risk of infection’ groups and, in addition to this, we have a number of staff who are self-isolating due to showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The health and wellbeing of the children is, as always, our absolute priority, and I would therefore politely request that you keep your child(ren) at home for all or part of any given day if this is at all possible.

Update 16th March
If anyone in the family is showing symptoms of the COVID-19 Virus the updated guidelines ask for the WHOLE HOUSEHOLD to be isolated for 14 days.