Definition of key workers - 20th March 2020
RE: Definition of key workers
The government has released the list of key workers which is published below. Children with ECHPs and/or an allocated social worker are also permitted to attend. Children of key workers do not have to attend and, if easier, they can attend for periods of time across the day e.g. morning only.
For H&S reasons, children should sign in/out electronically at the Office from anytime from 8am-4.30pm ensuring that their hands are clean first. No school buses will be running so parents must make arrangements for children’s transport. Casual clothes may be worn and headphones and phones can be used when appropriate. Please bring a packed lunch (one will be provided for FSM students) for Monday and Tuesday until we gain an idea of numbers for catering. Staff supervising will set ground rules and there will be periods of time outside and time spent in different activities. Completing online work is a priority but once that is done, students will have time to spend creatively. However, we do still expect the highest levels of behaviour and a can-do attitude.
Please could key worker parents complete the Google form which is here https://forms.gle/wYcjG34eqBMc5psX9 and on the front page our website by noon today if possible.
Thank you to all parents who have responded so quickly. Could I just make clear why this system in place? We are committed to helping parents of essential workers in managing their childcare needs so that they can help everyone in this time of great challenge, but the school is running with a greatly reduced number of staff and with unpredictable levels of staff absence. Therefore to those parents who have said they feel this system is unreasonable, please understand that it is about priority and capacity: if we were permitted to have all children in school, we would, but it is not safe to do so. If you are experiencing a particularly difficult circumstance regarding childcare and are not a key worker, please do contact Mr Watson or me via email so we can assess and see if we can help.
As ever, we will keep you updated as more information becomes available from government and local authorities. Guidance on homeworking will be released via In-Touch and on the website soon.
Thank you again for your support and understanding: we are very lucky to have such a wonderful parental community.
Key Worker List
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.
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.