Closure Update for Key Workers/Vulnerable Children
I have now received the full list of key workers and a wider definition of vulnerable children (both shown below) who can access childcare provision whilst the school is closed to most pupils. The government has said that “many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home”, and that “every child who can be safely cared for at home should be”.
If you wish to access this provision form Monday 23rd March 2020 please note the following:
1. You should email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible today if you are in one of these categories below and you wish to access childcare provision.
2. The provision will be childcare/ supervision activities only – children will have access to computers, the library facilities and games facilities at points during the day. There will not be a delivery of any curricula.
3. The provision could be withdrawn at any time should there be insufficient staff available for it to proceed safely.
4. Children in this provision will come into contact with other children and staff; safe social distancing may not always be possible.
5. Children may be clustered at alternative ‘hub based’ provision through Leicestershire County Council if that becomes necessary or more appropriate.
6. If you travel to school by bus you should ensure that this provision is still available through your bus company as we are aware many routes will be withdrawn whilst the school is closed to most pupils.
The government has clarified that vulnerable children include those who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care plans.
Health and social care
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
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
With best wishes