Key Worker Criteria and Guidelines
In documentation released by the government late last night, clear scientific advice was outlined on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19.
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 only those children who absolutely need to attend.
The provision that schools will provide will be very different from normal. For these small number of pupils, it will be about care, not education.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles outlined by the government:
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:
If after reading the information above you still identify yourself as a key worker and are unable to provide provision for your children to be safely cared for at home, for example you are a single parent whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response, please complete the key worker form sent via ParentMail that you will receive shortly. Only responses received today will be considered. If you do not respond/contact us today, we will therefore assume that your child/children will be cared for at home. We will then ring you, at some point today, to discuss your individual case.
I must stress to you that, if you unnecessarily identify yourself as a key worker, for example if there is another responsible adult at home who can care for your child, you are not only putting your child’s life at risk by allowing them to continue to socially mix, but you are also putting at risk the lives of my staff. Therefore, I urge you to only identify yourself as a key worker if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response and your child/children cannot be safely cared for at home.
Please remember, the school setting is the final option for care, not the first.
Each and every one of my staff cares deeply about your children and will always do anything I ask of them in order to keep your children safe. I now ask you to show the same level of care for my staff and help me to keep them safe.
At this time we find ourselves in the midst of a National crisis and the government is asking the nation to take drastic action in order to reduce the spread of the virus. The Coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic and we must take is seriously and keep social mixing to an absolute minimum.
John Hunt Primary School