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Keyworkers Update ~ Friday 20th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,


This morning we have received further guidance from the Department for Education on how we maintain education provision following the announcement earlier this week that schools will close.


You can access the parent guide here:-


We are continuing to work through what this means for us as a school and I will provide more information later today when I receive it.


Many of you have been in touch to ask about a key worker list. The Department for Education have released the list of key workers today.  This is below.  Please note that the guidance is for anyone in the below categories who cannot keep their child safe at home.  If it is possible for your child to be at home then they should be.


Health and Social Care

Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.


Education and Childcare

Nursery, teaching staff and social workers



Key Public Services

Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.


Local and National Government

Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.


Food and Other Necessary Goods

Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.


Public Safety and National Security

Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.



Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.


Utilities, Communication and Financial Services

Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.


In conclusion, if both parents are going out to work or a pupil is considered vulnerable or in receipt of an EHCP and nobody is at home to look after them, the children should be in school.


Further information will be sent to you later today once I receive it.


Yours sincerely,



Miss K Geary


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