Lockdown Rules and Updates from the Government
The government are continuously reviewing and refining the current lockdown rules and guidance for schools in response to the ongoing spread of the virus.
Medway still has extremely high rates of the virus and as such we need to continue to adhere to all lockdown rules to keep our families and each other safe.
Lockdown rules: Full details can be found here
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. It should be undertaken outside in a public space.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
If you do leave home for a permitted reason (as stated in the guidance), you should always stay local - unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one). You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
You cannot meet other people you do not live with, or have not formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason. Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
Breaking lockdown rules and protecting students and staff
If we become aware that a student who is currently attending the academy or a member of their household has broken the lockdown rules, we will ask the student to isolate at home and not return until they have had two negative Lateral Flow tests. This is to protect other students and staff who are in the academy from being put at risk.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation (the sector body for NHS trusts and organisations that plan, commission and provide NHS services) made a statement.
He reiterated the threat of transmissibility from the new mutation being much greater than the strain faced in the first wave and said that it is becoming increasingly clear that the national lockdown restrictions in place now and the public’s adherence towards them are weaker they were in the spring.
DfE has amended guidance for parents and carers. The guidance now states:
“Your child’s school or college will speak to you to identify whether your child needs to attend. You should keep your child at home if you can. They may ask to see simple evidence to check whether you are a critical worker such as your work ID badge or a pay slip.”
The guidance on critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings has also been updated to clarify that ‘parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can’.
Therefore, if your child is currently attending the academy or you were planning to send them back to the academy from the 18th January please can I ask you to consider if you can keep them at home or look to reduce the number of days they are in the academy. This will be for the period up to the end of Term 3 (12th February 2021).
This is a very difficult time and I am keen to get all students back into the academy, when the government says that it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please encourage your child to access their learning from home and follow their daily timetable.
Please can I also ask that you regularly check the academy website, Bradfields Facebook page and your e-mails for updates.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding
Miss M Sweetlove