Critical Worker School
From 4th January 2021, Guiseley School has been open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children.
Students remain in their Year group bubbles throughout the day, and begin the day at 8.30am and finish at 2.45pm. They attend in full school uniform but do not need to bring their PE kits.
Children who attend Critical Worker School access the same curriculum and resources as those who are working remotely, using the school’s ICT facilities. They are supervised by staff throughout the day and can access the canteen at break and lunchtime.
The school continues to prioritise the safety of our students during this lockdown period and so students are expected to wear masks at all times when not in lessons, sanitise their work spaces and hands on entry to a classroom and to maintain social distancing wherever possible. Students are also required to bring their own earphones from home to use with school equipment, reducing transmission risk.
If you feel your child qualifies for a place at school and needs to attend, please complete the enquiry form below.
We will send out an email every Thursday asking parents to book their child’s place in school for the following week.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does my child qualify for a place at school during national lockdown?
If you are unsure as to whether or not your child qualifies for a place, please check the government definition of critical workers and vulnerable children here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Do we both need to be critical workers?
No. The guidelines from the government are clear that your child qualifies for a place at school if ONE of their parents is a critical worker.
Do I have to book my child’s place in advance or can I just send them into school?
Your place should have been agreed by school before your child begins attending. Every Thursday, parents who have asked for a place will be sent an email asking them to confirm their requirements for the following week
Will my child be taught by a teacher in school?
No. Your child will be supervised by a member of staff as they complete the online learning delivered by teachers. Those staff will endeavour to ensure they access their set lessons at the appropriate time.
Does my child have to wear full school uniform?
Yes, the expectation is that students attend school as usual in their full uniform. PE kit is not required. They are also expected to bring a face mask (unless they are exempt).
Will school still be serving hot dinners?
Yes. There will be a limited menu available for Year 7-11, otherwise students can bring a packed lunch. We are unable to provide lunch for Year 12 and 13 students.
I work part time/shifts. Can I only send my child in when I need to and keep them at home the rest of the time?
We would request that you book a place for your child for the whole week to ensure we maintain bubbles. If your child is unable to attend on certain days, you should contact the school attendance officer as usual and inform us that they will be absent.