The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad. I aim to keep you updated as regularly as possible in relation to any further advice or guidance we receive from the Department for Education or Public Health England or to any decisions we have to make regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and school events.
The Government has announced for schools to close on Friday 20th March until further notice except for the sons/daughters of key workers and those who are most vulnerable. We will be regularly updating you through the website, twitter, text messages and parent mail on the developments.
Please note, as a school, we need to ensure we can prioritise those most in need so that our provision is sustainable and supports the government’s key principle from their latest guidance
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors (listed below), and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. If someone in the household is not a key worker then they should be caring for the child.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
The list of key workers on the DfE website 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 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.
- 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.