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Key Workers

Dear Parents 

Thank you for responding to our letter asking you to register if you need the school to provide childcare during the school closure period.  You have stated that you are recognised as a critical worker, the official list of critical workers has now been released by Government, please review the list below to check that your profession is included.   

This childcare provision is only provided for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children who cannot be looked after at home and absolutely need to attend https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision#contents.  We will need to contact you employers tomorrow to ask them to confirm that based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of essential public service.  If you have not already done so, please send contact details of your employer to admin@nestonhigh.com. 

Critical Workers List 

Health and social care 

This 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 childcare, support 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 arm's 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. 

Transport 

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. 

We will be undertaking stringent risk limitation measures when your child is in school including: 

  1. Only accepting students who are eligible for care as detailed on the list above. We will also be asking your employer which days they require you to work in order to keep the numbers of students on site to an absolute minimum. 

  1. Parents will not be permitted to enter the building, if you have any questions please contact us via email admin@nestonhigh.com

  1. All children and staff will be expected to wash their hands upon entering the building and throughout the day.  If your child has a hand sanitiser please send it into school with them. 

  1. All staff and children will have their temperature taken as they enter school, anyone showing signs of a high temperature will be sent home. 

  1. Normal break and lunch food will be available for children to buy tomorrow (Monday), however, to keep staffing to a minimum we will not be opening the school kitchen from Tuesday.  Please provide your child with a packed lunch and snacks and drinks to eat throughout the day. 

  1. We will endeavour to keep your child 2 meters away from other people whilst in the building. 

Please do not send your child into school unless it is necessary, help us to keep our community safe. 

Yours sincerely 

Mr K Simpson 

Headteacher