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Coronavirus Update - Children Able To Come To School

20th March 2020

The latest government advice is that from Monday 23rd March, if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the coronavirus spreading.


In line with government guidance, we will continue to provide care from 7.15am to 6.00pm for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.


School, nursery and out of school club will be closed to all children from Monday 23rd March except children with an allocated social worker, children on Child In Need plans or Child Protection plans, ‘Looked After’ Children, young carers, disabled children and those with an Education Health & Care Plan.


In addition, if one parent is a key worker (as defined in the following list) and cannot arrange for their child to be safely cared for at home, they will also be able to come to school. 


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.



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.


We need to arrange staffing as well as food supplies so if you haven’t already, please can you complete the survey as a matter of urgency so that we know how many children will require care from Monday. https://forms.gle/NVMc4bJcUpps5Mag9


Thank you for your support during this difficult time.