Monday 23rd March SCHOOL UPDATE Urgent Key Workers
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Please note that Porthcawl Comprehensive School continues to be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. However, Bridgend Council has opened a number of Hub schools, that are open to look after the children of ’’key workers’’. There is an application process, for the allocation of places at the Hubs and there is a form to be completed. There is a copy of the form on the website in the section ’PARENTS, Letters Home’. Then please email completed forms back to BCBC at [email protected].
However, please do not send your child/children to a Hub school, unless this is your last resort for childcare.
Please note that there is a form to go with this letter, that at the present moment I am unable to add to the website. It should go on shortly in PARENTS … . Letters Home … .
Important information below
Please note that all Bridgend schools are closed from Friday 20 March.
However, Bridgend County Borough Council will opening five community hubs to offer emergency childcare facilities for the children of parents/carers who are critical to the COVID-19 response.
While I fully appreciate that many of you are in important jobs, in Bridgend, we have defined key workers as those who work for:
– National Health Service;
– Fire and Rescue Service;
– Ambulance Service;
– HM Prison Service;
– Social care; and
It is important to note that childcare facilities will only be available for those children whose parent(s) (either or both) are directly employed by any of the organisations listed above. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
– If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
– If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then childcare provision will be available for them.
– Parents should not rely upon childcare for those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
– 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.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, and you cannot keep your child safe at home, and have no alternative option but to request emergency childcare provision, then your children will be prioritised for community hub provision. This is an evolving model and eligibility will alter over time (eg pupils who are classed as vulnerable)
If you meet all of the critical criteria outlined above, please complete the following form and return it via email as a matter of urgency to [email protected] ideally by 6pm today (Friday 20 March) or at the very latest by 6pm on Saturday 21 March.
I am grateful to you for your patience and continuing support during these challenging times.
L. I Harvey
Corporate Director – Education and Family Support
Bridgend County Borough Council
Dear Parent / Carer,
In light of current circumstances the Local Authority has asked us to find out how many parents / carers work in the following areas and who’s children may need support whilst the school remains closed:-
– Social Care
– Any ’blue light’ services
Please inform the school as soon as possible – [email protected]
Deadline 12 noon Friday 20th March 2020.