Covid-19 Update 20th March 2020 - KEY WORKERS AND SCHOOL PROVISION

20/03/20

Dear Parents/Carers

We have finally received specific information regarding key workers.

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. 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.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

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.

One particular, point has been raised about the number of parents/carers who need to be ‘key workers’  in order to access the childcare arrangements. The guidance is very clear in 4.2 of (see link below) in which it states, ‘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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Once you have read this guidance and you think that you are a key worker and your child cannot be safely looked after at home, please complete the Google Form below and return as soon as possible:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfycC2Cjvq-89gieaRQNEC-i0hPT2md2ynmGtJGTYOvHuZeQg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for your continued support.

In Caritas et Veritas

Mike Holland