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20 March 2020           



Dear Parents and Carers, 


As you will be aware, schools are being asked to provide child care to ensure that key workers can continue to work.  We understand key workers to be:


Health and Social Care

Education and Childcare

Key Public Services

Local and National Government


Food and Other Necessary Goods

Public Safety and National Security


Utilities, Communication and Financial Services


Further information regarding key workers is provided at the end of this letter. 


We are also being asked to provide as much support as possible for pupils who attend this school.  We are going to be working hard to do this - and maintain it for the foreseeable future, but we will be operating on a skeleton staffing due to illness and vulnerabilities related to this pandemic.  Many of you have already decided that it is better for your child to be at home with you during this period where social isolation is being advised.  We understand and support this decision.    I am now contacting you all to find out how many people are asking us for help with child care needs  - and to see how we can help.  Our first priority will be to provide child care for key workers - we will try to widen this offer after Easter as our staffing levels allow.  


I understand that the communication about the role of special schools at this time has been inconsistent - please be assured that our intention is to provide as much as we can - but we have to do this in a safe way, and that will depend on our staffing levels moving forwards.


If you do not access child care on site - we will remain in contact with you – teachers will contact you regularly - and work and activities will be sent home.


If you are classified as a key worker and will require support with child care via school, please telephone or email us by midday on Monday 23 March 2020:


Telephone No:            01209 215432



Kind regards


Yours sincerely


Caroline Jewell







Health and social care

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 arms 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