Latest Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice
Medway Primary Schools to remain closed
Yesterday the Government announced that schools will remain closed until the 15th February except for vulnerable and key worker pupils.
We have contacted families with vulnerable children directly to invite them to attend school and also contacted parents / carers to identify which qualify as Key Workers.
Please note you will be asked for evidence that you are employed as a Key Worker e.g. an ID card or letter of employment.
Children who are not attending school should complete remote learning at home. Letters regarding remote learning have been sent to all parents / carers.
Click here for a copy of the school's updated Covid19 risk assessment.
Full reopening of schools in September
Following further guidance from the government we can confirm that the school fully reopened on the 7th of September.
School attendance from this date is mandatory.
Click here for the Headteacher's letter regarding arrangements for re-opening in September.
From Monday 23rd March 2020 we will be offering emergency childcare provision to:
- Vulnerable children (i.e. those with an EHCP or assigned social worker, such as Looked After Children)
- The children of Key Workers (parents must provide evidence that they are a Key Worker)
However the government have asked parents / carers to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
Children attending the should enter the school gates and classrooms as usual, where they will be met by staff.No parents / carers will be permitted onto the school premises.
Parents / carers should 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 critical 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.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
We have now contacted families with vulnerable children directly to invite them to attend school.
We have also contacted parents / carers to identify which qualify as Key Workers. The government has identified the following employees as Key Workers:
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.
Please note you will be asked for evidence that you are employed as a key worker e.g. an ID card or letter of employment.
Keeping children safe at Burnt Oak
Please be advised that we continue to follow the guidance issued by the Government and Public Health England in relation to Coronavirus.
The government and the NHS have updated the advice on COVID-19.
If anyone in your household has a symptom of coronavirus COVID-19 (common symptoms are a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature) then that person must self-isolate for seven days.
All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day household-isolation period starts from the day the first person in the house became ill. If your child develops symptoms whilst they are in school or discloses that a household member has the symptoms we will contact you to collect them and advise that you keep them at home for the isolation period.
If a household member then develops coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 day household-isolation period then they must start a self-isolation period of seven days from the onset of symptoms.
If you are self-isolating and wish to continue learning at home please go to our Children's and Home Learning pages where you will find lots of online activities.
For further guidance regarding isolation periods please visit:
For further information and to stay up-to-date on the latest situation in Medway please visit:
Advice and guidance for parents and carers
What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Advice on how parents and carers can keep children safe online is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online
Advice on how parents and pupils can travel to school safely is available at:
Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm