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Coronavirus Update - Key Worker Letter

20 March 2020 (by Lois Kozlowski (Admin2))

*URGENT* Please see the letter attached for guidance on Key Workers. Please let the School know by 1pm today. If you fall into any categories.

Dear Parent/Carer

This is an update from yesterday’s letter regarding key worker children.  Further updates have been received as follows:-

We would like to stress that the advice given is ‘if children can stay safely at home, they should’ and ‘if at all possible for children to be at home then they should be’.

Guidance is as follows:-

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 arm’s 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.

Transport

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.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.

With the updated guidance in mind if you feel that you and your family fall into these categories then PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL AS A MATTER OF URGENCY AND DEFINITELY BY 1PM TODAY, FRIDAY 20TH MARCH 2020.

Our criteria is that both parents MUST be identified as a key worker or be a single parent family key worker due to the government guidance stating that children must be wherever possible be at home.

Apologies for the short notice but we are continually adapting to changes in circumstance and doing our upmost to keep you informed.

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Mr Prest - Interim Headteacher

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