20th April 2020
Blessed Sacrament School Coronavirus Update
I hope that you and your families are keeping well in these challenging times. On behalf of all the staff at Blessed Sacrament School, I wish you many blessings and extend my very best wishes to you and your families for this Easter season. In spite of all we are coping with at the moment, we need to remember to take our strength and comfort from the Risen Lord. I know that He will help us live through these difficult moments and grant us his grace and blessings to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and once again be able to live normal lives.
Many thanks to all who continue to work tirelessly in our continued struggle against this terrible disease. The latest guidance from the government and Public Health England is that the country will remain in lockdown for the next 3 weeks, after which the situation will be reviewed again. For schools, this means that we will remain closed for the majority of children. School closure has been implemented in order to reduce the virus infection rate. It is also an important step in protecting all members of the school community – pupils, parents and staff.
The advice is very clear – we should all stay at home unless it is absolutely essential to go out. The most recent government advice states the following: ‘We have asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and for early years and childcare settings to remain open only for children who are vulnerable and for those children of workers critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response who absolutely need to attend.’
From today, 20th April, Blessed Sacrament School will be open for these groups of children only. For pupils who are at home, teachers have developed new home learning packs for each year group. These are available on our new school website at www.blessedsacrament-islington.co.uk. You will find the packs under your child’s class page.
If you are eligible for Free School Meals vouchers, you should have already received them by email and you will continue to receive them throughout the school closure period.
Please be assured of our prayers for all of our children and families during this extraordinary situation. Keep safe and well. I shall keep you abreast of any further developments.
We are open only for children of Key Workers and Vulnerable Pupils on Monday 20th April 2020.
Childcare for Key Workers and Vulnerable Children
Although we will remain closed until further notice we will be providing a child care service during the school day, from 9.00am to 5pm, for children of ‘key workers’ and ‘vulnerable children’. Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.
Presently, key workers have been defined by the government as NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. If you are a key worker and unable to care for your child at home please contact the school directly so we can advise if you qualify under the government guidelines.
Vulnerable children include those who have a Social Worker and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require. If you fall into this category a member of staff will contact you so we can agree the best way to support you in these challenging times.