On the evening of March 19th 2020 the government released the guidance on what they consider to be critical workers in this unprecedented crisis. Please see the list of all critical workers:
I do not want to close the school but the situation is clear, we must do all we can to halt the devastating effects of this virus. To do this we must shut schools, but we must also aim to support key services so those who are sick or vulnerable may be supported.
We are pleased to see the government outline:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
If you are a critical worker and you need us to look after your child during the school day we will. You can register your intent to take this offer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org However before you do so please consider:
- If a two parent family or family with older siblings/members in the same household (who are well and can cope) can they care for children at home
- Will you need this service every day if not let us know when you will need this service
We have contacted all the parents of those identified as vulnerable and we have been heartened by the sensible approach out parents are taking to, where they can, staying at home with their children as the guidance was clear ‘If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.’
These are decisions none of us are wanting to make but they must be made. If you would like to discuss this with me or a member of the Heartlands Leadership Team please do call today (20th March 2020). We will be available from 2-4pm to answer your queries.
Best wishes to you all,