Dear Parents /Carers
As you are aware form the end of today, Friday 20th March 2020, school will be closed for the foreseeable future for all students with the exception of those who are vulnerable and those whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
Parents and careers of the students classified as vulnerable will be contacted by school today.
Should you and your partner be a key worker please complete the attached form. Key Worker Return Form
You will need to return the form and provide proof of employment by 14:00 on Friday 20th March 2020 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please label the subject header of your email KEY WORKER as this will help to identify the responses quickly in school.
Acceptable forms of proof:
- Replying from your work email as long as your email address clearly reflects the nature of your employer (e.g. nhs.org)
- Attach a scan or photograph or your work ID badge
- Attach a letter of confirmation of employment on headed note paper from your employer
- Attach a scan or photograph of your payslip (you can blank out personal details however your name along with your employer name and address must be clear and reflect one of the key worker categories.
It is important that we know the days that your child(children) will be attending. Please ensure that you complete this accurately on the attached form so we can ensure appropriate staffing levels are available and that we can take registers for safeguarding purposes.
The key worker categories are:
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 arms 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.
What should students bring with them?
- Students will need to provide their own packed lunch unless they are in receipt of free school meals (please tick the relevant box on the form attached). If your child receives free school meals, they will be provided with a packed lunch.
- Provision will run during usual school hours from 8.20 am to 3.05 pm each day (apart from Thursday when start time will be 8.50 am).
- Students should attend in uniform.
- Students should bring their PE kit each day along with text books and exercise books for the subjects on that days’ timetable. They should bring the usual equipment/pencil case.
Thank you in advance for your prompt reply.
Nicola Raggett – Headteacher