We have had lots of applications for Critical Worker places in school, and I need to clarify that Critical workers are those whose work is deemed critical to the coronavirus and EU response. All Critical worker applications MUST be received by Weds, prior to the week you wish the place to start. Eligibility for places is discussed with Waterton Academy Trust, and evidence will be asked for.
On a weekly basis, parents MUST confirm their working hours by the Weds, and also confirm they still cannot keep their child at home.
Children of critical worker parents are ONLY allocated places in school if there is NO other option and their children CANNOT be looked after by anyone else or kept at home. If you are a critical worker and either you, or another family member, work from home, then your child should remain at home as this is SAFER for everyone. Although I appreciate the difficulties this presents, you would not be allocated a place in this instance. Reducing the numbers of children in school will reduce risks for all, help get the virus back under control, so the lockdown measures can be eased. For the same reasons, if your child is eligible for a critical worker place and you go out to work part time, your child should ONLY attend on the days and times you work.
The children who are in school are not receiving work any differently to those at home; they have tablets to access the remote learning being placed online by their teachers. Children of critical worker do not get extra help from their teachers, as our teachers are mostly working remotely, faced with the difficult task of planning, delivering and responding to remote learning.