On Monday (March 23rd, 2020), the schools will re-open to provide care and recreation for children of essential workers and vulnerable pupils only.
Vulnerable pupils to be admitted to schools will be defined as those on the children in need and child protection registers. Where a child is not formally deemed as vulnerable according to the definition, but the school determines that to be the case, the professional judgement of staff will be accepted.
Essential workers include those employed in the following areas:
- Health and social care sectors.
- To education and childcare staff, including social workers.
- Key public services, i.e. those responsible for the management of the deceased.
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.
Food and other necessary goods
- This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery.
Public safety and national security
- This includes police and support staff, fire and rescue service employees (including support staff) and prison and probation staff.
- This includes those who will keep the 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.
The purpose of closing schools is to restrict and minimise social contact and therefore reduce the risk of being infected by the coronavirus.
Therefore, if it is at all possible, please keep your children at home. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
For the time being school transport will continue and this will be monitored on a daily basis.