We have now received further guidance from the government about what constitutes a key worker. The full document is available to read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
I would urge you to read this document carefully. If you fit into one of the categories due to the nature of your job, please can I ask you to contact school as soon as possible either by ringing 01347 821767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know whether you want your child to attend school next week.
Please be mindful of this key government advice. 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 key principles are as follows:
- 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.
Please note, the government has also now made it clear that children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can send their children to school if required.
Should you wish to discuss any aspect of this, please do not hesitate to contact us.
With best wishes