Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we prepare for closure of Hethersett Woodside Primary and Nursery. With the closure, for most children, due to happen today, there are several things to consider.
A closure of the school will be in effect for most children. There are, however, lots of you who will work in key sectors, critical to the response to COVID-19. Many of you will be able to ensure that your child is safely cared for at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Therefore, please 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 key worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- 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.
- 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 it is not possible for you to care for your child safely at home because you are a family who falls into one or both of the following categories, then we may be able to provide support for all or part of the working school week.
- Families supported by social care
- Children with safeguarding and welfare needs
- Children with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
Key workers are defined as working for or in the following services:
- Health and social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services
- Local and national government
- Food and other necessary goods
- Public safety and national security
- Utilities, communication and financial services
(Please refer to the comprehensive list of key workers and specific roles below.)
If you fall into one or both of these categories, we may be able to support your child. Please complete the questionnaire below, making sure you have read the DfE guidance below.
It is vital that we are able to gain an accurate number of children who will be in attendance on any given day, so we can safely meet needs. You must make sure that you have completed the questionnaire the school before bringing your children in on Monday. Please complete this as soon as possible but no later than Saturday 21st March at 17:00.
Otherwise, please keep in touch and refer to our website for updates and further information regarding home learning and staying safe.
Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision
Published 19 March 2020
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
In the light of advice from government and Public Health England (PHE) we want to assure you that we are responding to Covid-19 in a sensible and measured way.
If your child or anyone in your family home is showing signs of illness, specifically
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
then the advice from the NHS is to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.
Any absence due to this illness will be authorised.
However, when a child’s parent/guardian refuses to send them to school, the pupil will be recorded as unauthorised absence in the attendance register.
If you have think you might have the Covid-19 please go to
Current guidance for those needing to self-isolate can be found at
- try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly older people or those with long-term health conditions
- ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines – but avoid contact with them
- sleep alone if possible
- regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- try to stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions
- drink plenty of water
In school, we are taking a number of necessary measures in order to help stem the spread of the virus.
- Children in school must have their own water bottles as the water fountains will be out of operation. Children in Nursery and preschool will continue to use the cups provided but these will be sterilized or put through the dishwasher after use
- All classes will have boxes of tissues available. These will be used and binned. Cleaning staff will empty these daily, as well as regularly cleaning and sanitising items frequently touched
- If you as a parent, fall into the category of “Vulnerable Group” please speak to the office staff to see how we can support
- If you are pregnant we are suggesting that you don’t bring your child during the busiest times to school. Please contact the office staff regarding drop off later and pick up earlier
- Parents to avoid coming into school via main office for queries please ring school on 01603 810674
- Children who come through the main entrance are to be dropped off at the door and office staff will meet these children there
- All parents to leave children at the class door. If you need to speak to the teacher, please phone the office on 01603 810674 or speak to the adult on the classroom door
- Non-essential visitors will not come on site. However, school professionals will still be attending, such a therapists and social workers
Many thanks to you all for maintaining a sensible and measured approach. We will continue to follow the advice for PHE and central government and we will inform you of any changes as they occur.