Open to a limited few
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you will no doubt be aware, schools have been directed to close from Monday (23rd) for ‘most pupils’ but to remain open for a limited number of children of ‘key workers’ and vulnerable children where they can. The guidance (just released) states: Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. 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 do apologise for the duplication regarding this request however, as you will have seen there has been a delay in clarifying which households meet the 'Key Worker' criteria.
If you are employed in any of the sectors described below, have not previously sent an email to Mr Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org) and wish your child to attend school, please email Mr Fisher (email@example.com) please do so by 12 noon at the latest stating:
- Your child(ren)'s full name(s) and tutor group(s)
- A brief description of your role
- An indication of which days you require your child(ren) to be present in school
We will use this information to plan our staffing moving forward. We will also generate an expected attendance list and will phone in the event that any child is not present but a parent/carer has indicated they should be. We would therefore ask that if you request your child continues to attend that should they be ill you phone the absence as per usual.
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- 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.
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.