COVID-19 KEY WORKER questionnaire
If your child falls into one of the key worker categories, and you intend sending them to school on Monday please, by 2pm today, complete the questionnaire
As you know we have been making provision for a limited number of children who may be able to attend school on Monday. The government have now issued details of key workers, so we know who we need to prioritise. Provision will be prioritised for pupils with an EHCP or have a social worker. We will also prioritise children of key workers. If your child falls into one of the key worker categories, and you intend sending them to school on Monday please, by 2pm today, complete the questionnaire which can be found by clicking this link: https://tinyurl.com/obakeyworker
Please, therefore, follow these key principles that have been drawn from government advice:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. The advice from government is that “every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
- 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.
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. Essentially, this means that it is likely that both parents will fall into the categories below:
Health and social care
This includes 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.
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.
As you can see this is a long list and we may not be able to accommodate everyone. If so, we will need to prioritise places and, initially, we would allocate places to students in Years 7, 8 and 9. If you think you fall within these critical categories and it is not possible for your child to be at home, the government advice is that you will need to confirm with your employer that your “specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
Thank you for your continued support. We will keep in touch over the coming weeks and encourage you to keep checking our social media and school website.
Mr T Rawdin