Dear Parents and Carers,
Last night we received further guidance from the Government to say that schools must now remain closed to all children other than those of critical workers and those children classed as vulnerable. Details of these groups are in this letter.
If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
The Government has also stated we should all follow the following principles:
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
The list of key workers has now been updated by the Government. The list includes people who work in 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.
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.
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 distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
Key public services
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
Public safety and national security
Transport and border
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
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 you are a critical worker or have a child covered by the vulnerable category, and you are unable to make alternative childcare arrangements, please complete the following before 10:00am tomorrow (Wednesday 6th January) to help me in making suitable arrangements for St. Luke’s:
We will contact parents and carers of children with a Social Worker or those with an EHCP directly as soon as possible. Please note any children accessing the provision must attend five days a week, we are unable to offer a part time option.
Please note, if you and your child are already in isolation, then your child may not attend school until the period of isolation is complete.
Children who do not fall in to these groups should stay at home with appropriate care.
Once we have made complete lists of the children who fall in to these categories, we will inform you of the arrangements for attending school. We will try our upmost to accommodate all requests for places in the provision in line with Health & Safety requirements and any further updates from the government.
Please note your child will only be allowed to attend school if they fall in to one of the keyworker groups and you have registered them as such.
Thank you for your continued help and support.
Miss M Michael