Key Workers - COVID 19 CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT
Dear parents, thank you for your patience and co-operation at this time. The government issued more guidance very late last night about who qualifies as a ‘key worker’. The list can be accessed on the government website https://tinyurl.com/sqjewep.
The list is very clear. We are required to apply it accurately, to further limit the spread of COVID-19. Even if you are a key worker, the following government advice applies:
“If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading...many parents working in these [key worker] sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home...every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.”
As a school we have been tasked with ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our community. The care we provide will only be for those who qualify as a key worker in a critical sector and have no alternative. 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.
It is important to say that schools should remain safe places for children and staff. The fewer children making the journey to school, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable people in our society.
The childcare provision we will provide is an offer to only those parents who are key workers. To those parents, there is no requirement for you to send your child to school. If there is another parent at home who can look after the children then this should happen.
If you are a key worker, there are some points we need to stress with you at this time:
The safest place for you and your family is at home.
Self-isolation rules come first. If a child is sent home for a new and persistent cough or a fever of 38C or more they (and any siblings) will be expected to be at home for 14 days.
If a pre-school or older sibling is being cared for at home, we will expect our pupils to be at home too.
If you haven’t yet completed the registration form then please do so asap, with an indication of days and times if you know them. We know that key workers are often on unpredictable and short-notice shift-patterns.
We trust you as parents to make the correct decision - for our children and our school. We are here for those of you who work in a critical sector and need us. We trust that you will not put us at any unnecessary risk. We thank you for your continued support and prayers.
Please use the form below if you are a Key Worker and require support - please complete the form below.
Prevent the spread of infection
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
If you or your children are well:
- You don’t need to avoid contact with other people
- Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities
If you become unwell (see below for a list of symptoms):
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
- Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention)
Symptoms to look out for
If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)
According to other official guidance, while you wait for further advice:
- Avoid contact with others
- Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
- Don’t travel while sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – The time taken to sing Happy Birthday twice)