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DMA letter re partial closure

posted 28 Sept 2020, 06:15 by Mark Wilson   [ updated 28 Sept 2020, 06:39 ]
23rd March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers
The government has today released guidance on maintaining education provision from Monday 23 March
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
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.
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 think they fall within the critical categories below please confirm with your employer that, based on the business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
Please confirm with the school office that you intend to bring your child(ren) to school throughout this period of partial closure.
We are doing what we can to comply with government advice and appreciate your efforts to do the same. Please read the government advice in full here: provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Yours faithfully
Mr D. Mayhew
Please see below the governments list of critical workers: 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 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.