IMPORTANT PLEASE READ THIS - Key Worker Update

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20th March 2020

Dear Parents,

As you know, 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.

The government has also announced that schools will remain open for children of those people who fall into the ‘key worker’ categories. 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.”

The key worker groups are listed below:

Key workers:

Health and social care
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

Nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals.

Key public services

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

Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods

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

Police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel, 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.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating.

Utilities, communication and financial services

Staff needed for essential financial services provision (including 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 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

For further detailed guidance, please refer to:

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

So that we can plan our provision, please inform the school office via e-mail admin@forestpark.org.uk or by phone BEFORE 1pm FRIDAY 20th MARCH if you are in this category and you need your child to come into school next week.

School hours will remain the same.

Thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time.

Miss L. Irving
Head teacher