Statement from Evolution Academy Trust 19.3.2020

Following the announcement by the government yesterday, schools in Evolution Academy Trust will continue to do all we can to support the learning of our pupils and families across the trust.

We support the Government’s decision that children of key workers and vulnerable children will continue to attend school. We understand that examples of key workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers and we expect a definitive list from the government to be released later today. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. Your individual school will contact you directly about the arrangements for your children. If you are not in one of these groups, you will be expected to keep your child at home from Monday.

It remains our duty as schools to provide an education for your children. Each school will provide work and explain how further work will be communicated. We are recommending that during term time children keep to a similar routine as when they come to school. If you need further support throughout this period, please make contact with your school who will do their best to support you. Unless school staff are unwell, they will be continuing during term time to work and support their pupils.

Parents whose children are entitled to a free school meal will be contacted to provide a voucher during term time for the value of the meal or a collection point for food that would have been provided in school. The Department for Education has said that there will shortly be a national voucher scheme and we will keep you updated over the next 2 days as details emerge.

As a trust, we recognise the significant anxieties that surround the current situation for children and families. Our School staff have the same anxieties for their health and their families and are working hard to ensure that we retain the highest quality of provision and care for all our families during this time. The trust is grateful for their continuing diligence and care at this time. We thank you for your patience as we work at speed to answer the many questions that this new situation brings. Please be assured we continue to work on your behalf to do the best we can for all children across the trust.

We will issue further communications as the situation develops and as the government and local authorities release further information.