Provision for Key Workers and Vulnerable Children
Our staff are now focusing on delivering education to our students online. When I checked last night over 80% had completed their tasks – this is a great start.
We will remain open for the vulnerable children and the children of key workers from Monday onwards. The list of recognised key workers can be found at the end of this letter.
It is important to stress a few key points of guidance from the government:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- Parents should not use anyone deemed to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions for their childcare.
- 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.
What will the provision look like at Hazeley?
- The Academy will be open from 8.45-3.15pm.
- Students will enter and exit via the main reception.
- Parents /carers will not be permitted to enter the building.
- Usual uniform expectations apply. Students should also bring in a warm coat and sports kit each day.
- There will be the usual lunch provision.
- All students will be expected to adhere to our behaviour policy.
- We will try to help the students follow the government advice on social distancing by having small groups and spreading out seating.
- Students will follow the same online curriculum as other students, but with additional staff support.
How do I sign my child up?
I would like to stress that we are following government advice for children to be at home, if at all possible, but that the Academy is absolutely committed to providing a safe place for those children and families that need the additional support.
Our staff are contacting directly today the children who we believe to be in the vulnerable groups.
If you believe your child meets the key worker criteria and you want and need to send them into school, then please complete the form HERE before 12 noon on Saturday.
If you need any further help or advice, do not hesitate to contact the Academy on 01908 555620 before 3.15pm or via firstname.lastname@example.org after 3.15pm and we will do all that we can. We appreciate that things are very fast moving, and this can make them appear a little more complicated than usual.
Thank you for your support. By working together we will not only get through this, but grow from it.
Current Government Definition of Key Workers
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 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 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.
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.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.