Registering for Critical Worker status
PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY IN ORDER TO KEEP YOU, YOUR CHILD AND THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAFE
Children who can be cared for at home, must be cared for at home. This is appropriate for all families, including key workers. Access to school should be deemed a last resort for critical workers - not a ‘go to’ provision; this is in order to keep the community safe
Gov UK state that those children whose parents are deemed ‘critical to the Covid 19 response’ have an entitlement to send their child to school during lockdown. In order to manage this safely and effectively Ashgate Primary School is asking parents to register key worker status if they are of the view that their work is critical to Covid 19 response. A list of examples of these roles are listed at the end of this document.
REMEMBER – the lockdown is aimed to reduce transition of Covid 19; the greater number of pupils that attend, the greater the risk of bubbles being placed in isolation and key workers, such as doctors and nurses, not being able to fulfil their role. The school cap on access is targeted at no more than 20% of the school population at any one time inclusive of those deemed as vulnerable pupils (see school priority list below).
School will be open between 0830 and 1600 for those approved as critical workers. In recognition of those who may be subject to shift patterns, collection and drop off can be at any time between these periods but multiple entry and exit is not permitted.
Care will take the form of a mixture of formal teaching of core subjects (in line with that offered in remote learning) and creative, wellbeing activities.
How to register
You are to call the school office (initially on Tuesday 5th January 2021 to support establishment of a staffing ration structure) between 0845 and 1500, to register your request for critical worker consideration. After the 5thJanuary you can still register by calling the school office during working hours. Do not arrive before registering.
Be ready with the following information:
You will also be asked if you are either:
Contact the school via telephone on 01332 343928 (lines may be busy so please be patient)
If your registration as critical worker is initially declined, we will contact you, otherwise you should bring your child to school as of Wednesday 6th January 2021. Be prepared to provide evidence of your role via means of, for example, identification badge, contract, payslip or business/employee time sheet. Only when this is approved will you formally be authorised to access school provision.
Government stated list of those who may be considered as Critical to the Covid 19 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
Key public services
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
Public safety and national security
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
Priority list for access to Ashgate Primary School (in order or) which will be applied to support safe pupil ratio:
Children whose parents are identified as critical to the Covid 19 response where they are either:
Priority will be given to: Emergency / health care service practitioners / public safety / social care/ teachers and support staff
Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND),
Children of those where one parent is identified as critical to the Covid 19 response