We appreciate fully that many parents are concerned about keyworker status.
The guidance we have received from the Scottish Government is that “if one parent is a key worker and the other is not, the non-key worker should normally be expected to provide childcare. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.”
Having checked the UK Government guidance, it is different and says that if only one parent is a key worker, they can send their children to school if required.
In light of this contradictory position, we will deal with each case on its merits. If there is no other childcare option then we would look for confirmation of this.
We want to do all we can to support key workers. We need them to look after those who are going to get sick and to keep our vital services running, but we also need to avoid social contact so, if key workers can make any other arrangements for their children, we ask them to do so.
Head Teachers will not turn away any child on Monday, but will need to seek some form of confirmation of key worker status for future attendances. Going forward we will need to keep matters under review with staff absences rising as more of our staff require to self isolate and we know parents will understand.
Remember we need to reduce social contact, and even if you are a key worker, please only send your child as a last resort and if you absolutely need to.
Head of Education
Sent To You By East Ayrshire Council
A further reminder to all parents/carers to please understand that our emergency provision is absolutely only as a final option. We are sure that our parents/carers will understand and respect this to help keep our pupils, staff and families safe.
We are still encountering some questions regarding emergency provision from Monday 23rd March. Clearly all adults in the child’s household must be keyworkers to access the service. Where this is not the case, the other adults are expected to provide care.
Please refer to the website for the key worker categories:
Please do not phone the school regarding provision for your child from Monday 23 March as information is changing hourly. As soon as the school has been advised, the information will be shared with you via this APP and Glow. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding at this time.
The staff at both Catrine P.S. and ECC would like to thank you for your support and understanding during these unsettled times. We appreciate your concerns and worries and hopefully by working together we can answer your questions.
We will update our GLOW Blog/ParentPay email and APP with any further updates following the First Minister’s announcements this afternoon. All EAC advice and guidelines will also be shared via these channels.
All pupils who are in school today will be going home with a learning pack – this is a copy of all of their login details for lots of online learning. Pupils use these resource on a regular basis in school and are familiar with them.
Also included is a list of appropriate websites that your child can access during this time.
Pupils not in school today will receive this information through the post.
Please note, at this time, all learning will be provided digitally – as learning and progress can be tracked by teachers.
Teachers will be updating their classes GLOW information daily, so please ensure that your child logs on every day.
Primary 7 parents – we have discussed leaver’s activities with Primary 7 pupils today (look out for this information).