The Prime Minister’s latest briefing on Sunday 22nd March emphasised even further the need for people to stay at home wherever possible and to continue social distancing.
To protect the most vulnerable in our society and reduce the strain on the NHS, particular individuals with health conditions will receive notice that they should now remain at home for the next 12 weeks. Consequently, it has been stressed that we all must do our part and make the necessary sacrifices to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
With this in mind, we urge all parents/carers to consider whether they must bring their children to school at this time. We understand that in some cases where there are two Key Worker parents/carers, who have no one else to look after their children, this would mean care arrangements in school are essential. However, in families where only one parent/carer is a Key Worker, the other parent/carer should take responsibility, as other families must do, and look after their children at home.
We understand that these measures could appear dramatic, but drastic times call for drastic measures. It is clear, too many children in schools will lead to the further spreading of Covid-19.
At this moment in time, Harlow Green will be following the overall guidance laid out by government regarding which children should have a place at school. However, please be aware that this could change if it becomes clear that people are not following the guidelines with appropriate social conscience and, as a result, are putting our society at unnecessary risk.
We implore everyone to consider this request seriously for the safety of your children, the children of others, the staff who work at our school and the most vulnerable in society.