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January 2021 Remote Learning

Dear parents


We have been asked to move to remote education from tomorrow with school open only for the children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils. The work for the first day of remote learning is already available on our school website and teachers will contact you tomorrow regarding work following on from that.


School will be open tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January) for children of critical workers only but there will be no wraparound provision tomorrow so please arrive and collect at your usual class start time. More details will follow tomorrow about subsequent days and times. Please send a packed lunch unless your child usually has a school lunch.


Parents of vulnerable pupils will be contacted tomorrow to discuss a place.


If you believe you are a critical worker, please read the notes below to check. The definition of critical workers is:

“Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors.”


These key sectors are detailed below. Please read carefully to check that you fit the criteria. Please ask your employer to write to us to confirm that your role is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response. 


Health and social care

This 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 distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.


Education and childcare

This includes:

·        childcare

·        support and teaching staff

·        social workers

·        specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (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

·        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 coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition

·        essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)

·        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


Transport and border

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) response

·        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

·        waste disposal sectors


Apologies for the late arrival of this message.


Best wishes

Penny Simpson


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