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********UPDATE 27.03.20*******

Dear Parents,

Today's update - I met with the contractors this morning regarding the boilers, they confirmed that new boilers were definitely required and would try to get as swift a resolution to this as possible, supply line and personnel dependent.

As part of keeping in touch with our school community, we have made the decision that we will contact all of our families over the next few weeks to see how they all are and if there is anything we can do to help. If you would like to speak to us sooner rather than later please do email. It was really nice to speak to some of our parents today and to hear that the majority of families are safe, well and happy.  Please don't feel put out if you were not contacted today :)

Additionally, and I know we have asked this a number of times already, however if you still require childcare and are a critical worker please can I ask you to email me directly one more time  at headteacher@lympne.kent.sch.uk : I have been asked to pass numbers on to the Senior Improvement Advisors for Kent Schools.

Lastly, there has been an important plea from Sycamore Class and Archie's mum in particular for some assistance and support. See the image below/attached.

 

 IF YOU REQUIRE EMERGENCY CHILDCARE AND FIT THE CATEGORIES AND GUIDANCE BELOW  PLEASE CONTACT 03000 412121 OR EMAIL  emergencyschoolplaces@kent.gov.uk

Willow Class are using the Parents' Whatsapp page to update and share ideas with each other

Maple Class - Maple Class on Facebook - it is a private group.

Cherry Class - Cherry Class on Facebook - it is a private group.

Beech Class - Beech Class on   beechclasslympneprimary.wordpress.com.

Sycamore Class -Sycamore Class on Facebook - it is a private group.

Oak Class - Oak Class on https://oakswork.wordpress.com/‚Äč

Elm Class - Elm Class on Facebook - it is a private group.

If you are not able to join the group or communicate please do let us know - headteacher@lympne.kent.sch.uk

 

Please click here for letter regarding online learning resources. 

 

Latest Guidance Update - Key Workers Lists 20th March 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the very supportive approach that you have taken during these exceptionally challenging times. As I have made clear, Lympne School will remain at the heart of our community.

Following the list of key workers announced today, we are writing to clarify our position as a school.

  • Firstly, we want to support our country and the population by doing everything we can to ensure that we can provide support for families of key workers.
  • Secondly, we want to ensure that children are safe, happy, and able to be looked after in the numbers that make that achievable.
  • Thirdly, we want to ensure that we minimise the risk to staff, without whom we cannot operate, and who have their own families who need to be kept safe.

I want to refer you to a section of the government guidance that appears before the key worker list.

 

            As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

 

It also goes on to say, under the key principles of the guidance, before any mention of key workers:

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

Key workers

At midnight, the government published a list of those parent / carers who are entitled to send their child to school. The link below provides specific details.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

We are grateful to all of these key workers who are looking after us all. In return, my excellent colleagues are also going to ‘step up to the plate’ and provide provision for your child / children. It is critical to note, however, that this provision should only be taken up if there are no other alternatives (see guidance). In the best interests of your child and my colleagues, we wish to minimise any risks and the number of students attending should, therefore, only be in circumstances where it is essential.

Please could we ask you to reconfirm that you wish to take advantage of school childcare by contacting office@lympne.kent.sch.uk  – however, only if the following applies:

  1. If your work is critical to the COVID-19, response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed and you cannot keep your child safe at home using alternative arrangements.
  2. If you role is critical – not just listed, but critical.
  3. If you have no other alternative for safe childcare.
  4. If you will use the service just as minimally as possible – especially if you work part time – taking children out when you are not working.
  5. That you recognise that the service is childcare and not an educational service.
  6. That you, or your children have no symptoms.

Please note at present the school is not able to open on Monday 23rd March; we are still awaiting news regarding our boiler, the likelihood is that school will not open next week at all. If you require assistance with care next week, please do contact KCC.

Our aim, if the boiler is fixed, is that we will be opening across the Easter holidays with skeleton staff providing childcare to critical workers, continuing into Terms 5 and 6 however long it is needed, and all the time the staff are well.

At Lympne, we are a community, and we will pull together to support the effort to keep our society safe. Therefore, we will remain open for the children who need it, but I strongly urge you to think very carefully of whether this is necessary for you. I also need to make sure that my staff are well protected as key workers themselves, all of whom have families and many of whom have children of their own. I do appreciate that for some parents you are not necessarily aware if you are required to work at this time. If at a later stage your circumstances change, please do get in touch.

 

Once you have confirmed if you need this place, we will be in touch with further information.

 

Best wishes

 

Steve Owen

 


 

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