Friday 20th March 2020
Firstly, I hope you and your families are well and are staying as positive as you can under these challenging circumstances.
What is clear to all is Government advice that if children can stay safely at home, they should do to limit the chance of the virus spreading. So today will be the last day in school for the majority of children.
We will remain open for those children who absolutely need to attend. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
We will able to continue to provide care for a limited number of children and this will be restricted to the Government’s definition of key workers, this is shared below:-
We will follow the Government’s key principles that if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
If you work in one of the critical sectors identified below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised.
- Health and social care - doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers etc
- Education and childcare - nursery and teaching staff, social workers and specialist education professionals
- Key public services - justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters
- Local and national government – essential administrative occupations such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms-length bodies.
- Food and other necessary goods - 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 - police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue service employees, National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
- Transport- air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
- Utilities, communication and financial services - essential financial (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.
I would like to emphasise again that, if you as a key worker are able to ensure your child is safely cared for at home, they should be.
So, please can parents contact school (by email) as soon as possible to let us know if their occupation is included above and you need your child to attend school. Please state your occupation in your email.
Parents who have already contacted us yesterday and have received acknowledgment do not need to contact us again, thank you for your response.
We will be working today to finalise arrangements and I will write to all parents again later today.
I am confident that you will all continue to support each other as much as you can, take care