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JCA Full Closure Letter


Dear parents and carers

Re: COVID-19 – school closures across England

As you may be aware already, the UK government has chosen to close schools in England effective from Monday 23rd March until further notice. The government has been very clear that “every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.”

Schools will be open only to the following groups:

  • Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan who cannot be safely cared for at home and are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19
  • Children who have an assigned social worker, a child protection plan, a child in need plan, disabled children, those who are ‘looked after’ and those who are young carers who cannot be safely cared for at home and are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19
  • Children of key workers who cannot be safely cared for at home and are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19

In addition to the list above, if the Principal feels that this provision would be right for your child, you will be contacted to decide together what is best for them.

The official government definition of which roles are considered key workers was updated on 20th March 2020, and this definition appears overleaf. If you are a key worker and your child(ren) cannot be safely cared for at home and is not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 your child is welcome to attend school. Please request a school place by following this link and completing the short form. (Please note – if you have already filled in a form or requested a place by other means, you do not need to fill this in again.)


If you are unable to follow the link, please go to our website, clf.uk, where you will be able to find a link to the form to complete.

In general terms, the government has requested that all UK citizens do the following:

1. Work and learn from home where possible
2. Practice social distancing, avoiding unnecessary social contact
3. Practice good hygiene, washing hands regularly and avoiding touching your face
4. Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days if you or a household member becomes ill with
symptoms including a cough or a temperature
5. Self-isolate for a period of approximately 12 weeks if you are over 70, have an underlying health condition, or if you are pregnant.

Please do take note of these requests and adapt your daily routines accordingly, as this will help to delay the spread of the virus and will save lives.

In terms of your child’s education, these measures will have a significant impact. We recognise that you or your child may be feeling anxious about the impact of school closures for them. As a trust and as a school, we are working hard to ensure that as far as possible your child is able to continue to engage with learning in a different way, and your support in this is appreciated. Work is provided on Show My Homework, do email the academy if you have any difficulties accessing it.

Free School Meals: students who are not self-isolating can come direct to the JCA kitchen (walk around the side of the building) at 1pm to collect their lunch. Free sanitary and stationary products are also available for collection.

We may need to contact you during the period of school closure. It is vital that we have up to date telephone numbers, addresses and email addresses for each of our students and their families. If you are in any doubt as to whether we have the correct information, please email the academy on [email protected].

In the meantime, links to the school website and the Department of Education helpline are provided below.

If you have concerns or queries, you should email the academy at [email protected] Reception will be closed, so you will not be able to call the academy.

Thank you for your continued support of your child and of our school during this unusual time.

Yours faithfully
Kate Willis


The Department for Education helpline to answer questions about COVID 19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
– Phone 0800 046 8687
– Email [email protected]
– Opening hours 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

John Cabot Academy Website: https://cabot.ac.uk/

The Academy website has a page dedicated to providing access to Public Health England advice, this is updated daily.


The guidance from the UK Government on which roles are key workers was updated on 20th March 2020:

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

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 COVID19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including ingovernment agencies and arm’s-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.

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