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Coronavirus - key worker update

20th March 2020

Dear parents and carers

As many of you will have seen this morning, the list of ‘key workers’ has now been released. It is important as we move forward that we have a clear understanding of how many children we will be expecting over the coming weeks.

Our Trust have communicated this morning that if either parent is a key worker their children can come to school.

We shall continue providing before and after school care also.

The DfE stated that: It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

For those who have yet to see the list of key workers, please find it below:

Health and social care

Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services

Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists 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, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods

Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security

Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Transport

Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services

Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

Over the coming weeks, due to our small number of staff, it may be that we have to close one site due to staff self isolating etc. At this point, we would be joining forces with schools within our Trust and alternative provision will be provided there.

We will take numbers on a week by week basis and therefore I would ask that if you require care for your children next week, that you contact the school offices (01538 702321 or office@st-peters-alton.staffs.sch.uk) this morning stating the days and if you require before and after school care.

As I type, I am unsure as to what provision there will be for school lunches. As soon as I have heard from our provider, Chartwells, I will get in touch with further information.

Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support and understanding through these unprecedented times. It will be a challenge for us all but ‘together we are stronger.’

With very best wishes

Rebecca Walker

Executive Headteacher 

The Saints Academies