Government Announcement National Lockdown - Critical Worker provision and remote learning to start from 6th January 2020

Date: 04/01/2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am sure you have all heard the government announcement regarding a national lockdown from tomorrow until February half term. As we are a 2-11 Primary School, this also includes our Nursery setting. I have just finished a leadership meeting with other MAT leaders and it has been agreed that we need at least 24hrs to put plans in place for remote learning and critical/vulnerable children provision.

Therefore, we will not start remote learning or critical worker or vulnerable children provision until 6th January. This will enable us to have time to collate the number of families and children that need this provision in school so we can set up adequate provision in school as well as ensure remote learning is provided too.

If you require critical worker/vulnerable children provision from 6th January, please can you complete the google form using the link below by midday tomorrow.

The current Government Critical Worker definition and list is below:

Critical workers

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 outlined in the following sections.

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

I will email you all again tomorrow with further information and we will open for critical workers and vulnerable children from the 6th January and remote learning will also be up and running from the 6th January too.

Thank you very much for your continued support, you are a wonderful community and I know we will support each other through another lockdown to ensure the safety of our children, staff and families.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Gail Holmes
Executive Headteacher



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