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UPDATE: Critical Worker information

20th March 2020

 

Symptoms of coronavirus

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are the recent onset of:

  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

 

UPDATE: Coronavirus - Critical Workers information

Dear Parents/Carers

Following on from the Government’s announcement on Wednesday, the critical worker list was published just before midnight last night.

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

What will happen with free school meals for those not in school and colleges?

More information on support for pupils eligible for school meals is available.

Any child eligible for free school meals and universal free school meals in FS2 – Y2 will still be provided with a school sandwich that can be collected from the main entrance.  Please await further details around collection so we can avoid big social groups.  More details will follow in due course.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined belowMany 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.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

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.

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.

Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

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:

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.

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.

If we all work together and continue to follow the advice from the Government and Public Health England we will reduce the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of the most vulnerable people in our community. 

We will continue to keep you updated with any changes to the guidance and advice. The current advice can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

If you have any school related questions, please contact the school reception 01909 550011 for any coronavirus specific information contact the helpline 0800 046 8687 or email DfE.coronvirushelpline@education.gov.uk  

We wish you all the best for the coming weeks and we look forward to opening the school doors to all our families as soon as the Government says it is safe to.

Thank you once again for your continued support during this challenging time.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Amanda Tyler

Headteacher

To be able to sort provision for the pupils of the stated critical workers & our more vulnerable children (see the list above) we need parents and carers to complete the attached form or email the information needed to school as soon as possible so we can try our best to be organised for Monday. 


Key workers are defined as people who:

Work for the Health and social care; Education and childcare; Key public services Local and national government; Food and other necessary goods; Public safety and national security; Transport; Utilities; communication and financial services - see above for further clarity.


 Please tick the box if you are classed as a critical worker and you would like your child to continue to come to school to enable you to continue working.



Please tick the box if have an allocated social worker or Early Help worker or your child has an EHCP.

Please identify your profession/job on the line below


Child/ren’s name and year group


Please add any other comments or question you have below and we will try our best to answer them as quickly as we can.