School Closures - COVID 19

 School Meal Scam Alert

The DfE have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’. We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.


COVID-19 School Closures

Latest information on the re-opening of schools 16/06/2020

Following advice issued to schools in Sefton to delay reopening, Sefton Council can now confirm that all schools will be reopening for Nursery, Reception and Years 1, 6, 10 and 12 on Monday 22nd June.

Read the full statement here

Read our Letter to Parents and Carers here

Read our Letter to Headteachers here  

Children/Young People’s Questionnaire

In order to help our staff better understand the experiences of our children and young people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a questionnaire to gather the views and opinions of children and young people about their return to school.

We are looking for children and young people throughout Sefton to share their views using this questionnaire. Parent support may be required for younger children.

We welcome your support in promoting this with the children in school and also to parents so that children/young people at home may also access it.

Complete the questionnaire here 


The following information and frequently asked questions are designed to help support teachers, parents and residents with regard to school operational information during the COVID-19 situation. 

We will update this page as further guidance becomes available. 

The temporary closures cover children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools.

The government are asking schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings to remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can.

Most schools across Sefton have individually continued to open for vulnerable pupils and the children of Key Workers.

As each school is now catering for a very small number of children, Kings Meadow Primary School, Farnborough Rd Infant and Junior School, Ainsdale St. Johns Primary School and Shoreside Primary School have decided to join. If your child currently attends any of these schools, please see opening times and dates below:

From next week beginning 30/03/20 essential childcare will be provided between 8.50-3.20pm

Week beginning 30.03.20:                              Kings Meadow Primary School

Week beginning 06.04.20 inc. Good Friday: Farnborough Road Infant & Junior Schools

Week beginning 13.04.20 inc. Easter Monday:         Ainsdale St. John’s Primary School

Week beginning 20.04.20:                              Shoreside Primary School

Each school will operate a childcare service during their nominated week. This will be run by their own teachers and teaching assistants. Responsibility for your child during each week will fall to the individual school’s headteacher and staff.  All queries should be directed to them. Each operating school will provide you with a list of key contacts and specific information in relation to their school staff and site the first time your child attends. Your child’s usual school will be shut during the weeks they are not operating which will allow for essential deep cleaning to take place.

In order to access the Local Schools Hub Provision, you are required to complete a full registration form for your child/ren here.

Each school will continue to operate a meal service so if your child usually has a school meal this can still be provided. If you pay for KS2 school meals, please directly pay the Hub school £2.10 for every day your child will be in. It is fine for you to do this on a daily basis as we appreciate, as the current situation develops, your working pattern / childcare needs may change throughout each week.

Each week your child’s school will contact you directly to check your childcare needs for the following week.

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.

Following advice issued to schools in Sefton to delay reopening, Sefton Council can now confirm that all schools will be reopening for Nursery, Reception and Years 1, 6, 10 and 12 on Monday 22nd June.

Read the full statement here 

Residential special schools and other special settings should be supported to remain open, wherever possible.
Special schools, colleges and local authorities are advised to make case by case basis assessments of the health and safeguarding considerations of pupils and students on an education, health and care (EHC) plan. For some, they will be safer in an education provision. For others, they will be safer at home. We trust leaders and parents to make these decisions and will support them as required.
Yes. Headteachers can decide which of the available options will be best for families in their area. Schools can provide food on site, arrange deliveries or purchase a voucher to be given to the family. More information on support for pupils eligible for school meals is available.
Contact your school to find out which option they are providing. We understand that some of these approaches may create extra costs for schools - we will provide further guidance shortly on how we will compensate schools accordingly.

Last Updated on 15 July 2020

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