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Covid 19 Virus News

For the majority of children Beckers Green Primary school will close today until further notice.  Our phone lines will remain operational and emails will be responded to.  Further communication from teachers will be sent regarding distance learning and how teachers will feedback on work completed by your children.

At midnight last night we received government guidance on how we should maintain school provision in the coming weeks.  Please read guidance below and then respond to the questions below either in an email to head@beckersgreen.essex.sch.uk or by filling in the attached form and bringing it into school by the end of the day. 

In the first instance we are asking parents to let us know if they are keyworkers (see list below) and whether they want their children in school for the next two weeks leading up to the Easter holidays. 

Guidance states -

“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 is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.”

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.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

The list of key workers is below:

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.

As you can see this is a very big list and it may be that we need to prioritise care if our staffing is stretched.

Please email responses to the following questions below:

  • Your job and your partners
  • Days on which you require childcare in next two weeks starting from Tuesday 24th March.

We will get back to you by the end of Sunday to state whether we can provide a place for your child depending on staffing levels.  If you work in the NHS and require cover on Monday 23rd March please email me. We will also be phoning parents of vulnerable children and those with EHCs to ask if they will be sending children to school.

It is likely that schools will also offer childcare over the Easter holidays for keyworkers and we will send out further detail regarding this next week to ascertain what cover is required.

Information Required:

Name of children:                ……………………………………………………

Name of parent:                  ……………………………………………………

I work as a:                           ……………………………………………………

My partner works as a:      ……………………………………………………

I require childcare on the following days: Tuesday 24th March

                                                                          Wednesday 25th March

                                                                          Thursday 26th March

                                                                          Friday 27th March

                                                                          Monday 30th March

                                                                          Tuesday 31st March

                                                                          Wednesday 1st April

                                                                          Thursday 2nd April

                                                                          Friday 3rd April

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ADVERSE Weather Arrangements  The School will be deemed to be open unless a specific announcement is publicised here via the School’s website and the Essex County Council website

Welcome to Beckers Green:

Our School Ethos:

At Beckers Green Primary School we pride ourselves in providing a nurturing environment where the needs of individual children are supported through a topic led, inspiring and stimulating curriculum. We strive hard to provide an education that will enable our children to reach their potential and are well prepared for a life long journey of learning. A strong focus on peer and collaborative learning encourages independence and a Growth Mindset.  All children are  encouraged to achieve a high personal standard in their behaviour and work.

We invite you to visit our school  to find out more about how we make your child's primary education a happy and memorable experience.

Our vision for everyone at Beckers Green Primary School is to: 

Be challenged, be inspired, be you. 

Our School Values

Be resilient

Be respectful


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