We have now received further guidance from the Department for Education, regarding the definition of key workers, and which children are eligible to come into schools, whilst they are closed.
Key workers are those who are maintaining essential public services during the Covid-19 response.
• Health and Social Care. This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, home carers and staff required to maintain our health and social care sector
• Education and childcare. This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who will remain active during the Covid-19 response
• Public safety and national security. This includes civilians and officers in the police (including key contractors), Fire and Rescue Service, prison service and other national security roles
• Transport. This will include those keeping air, water, road and rail transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response
• Utilities and Communication. This includes staff needed for oil, gas, electricity and water (including sewage) and primary industry supplies, to continue during the Covid-19 response, as well as key staff in telecommunications, post and delivery, services and waste disposal
• Food and other necessary goods. This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution and sale, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (e.g hygiene, medical etc)
• Key national and local government including those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response
The most important message is that children should be kept at home as a matter of urgency and the aim is to keep the number of pupils coming into schools to a minimum to support the Covid-19 response.
If you fit into one of these categories and would like your child(ren) to continue attending school, please contact the school office before midday today (20.03.20) on (01843) 223989 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Children who do not fall into any of these groups should remain at home.
Mr J Manclark