20 March 2020
RE: Supervision for children of Key Workers
Following the publication of the Minister’s letter to schools we are now putting in place arrangements for the provision of the supervision of children of Key Workers, restricted as per the Minister’s letter to, “those young people up to the end of Year 10 (3rd Form), whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response who would otherwise have no option but to stay at home to ensure safe supervision of their children.”
If you are a Key Worker as defined by the criteria set out at the end of this letter, and would like your child(ren) to be to avail of this care, then please e-mail the College by 1PM TODAY, using the e-mail addresses below
Forms 1 to 3 email@example.com
Please provide the following information in your e-mail
Pupil(s) name and stage
Please note, the aim of closing schools to pupils was taken to reduce the number of children in schools to enhance the effectiveness of the government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak. In order to stop the spread of the virus, the government has advised that latest scientific research dictates it is advisable to maintain direct support for no more than 20% of the school population, and that this can only be done if the school has staff availability to fulfil this requirement.
With this in mind, please consider the following before responding to this e-mail. This is a supervisory service only and is available:
1. Only for children with BOTH parents working as key workers, and both parents out at work at the same time.
2. In single parent families, the individual parent MUST be a key worker.
If possible, alternative childcare arrangements should be sought before deciding to send your child to school. For example, with other family members, friends etc. Please try and use schools as a last resort. This is to try and limit the number of children and adults together in a small space in line with recent social distancing guidance.
2/ MINISTER’S DEFINIITON OF KEY WORKERS
Key workers are those who are maintaining essential public services during the Covid-19 response. The definition of key worker will be flexible and dependant on the circumstance and requirements over the course of this critical period. There will be flexibility shown on the definition of key workers to ensure all those who need support receive it. The list is not prescriptive. However, to give some guidance the following outlines the broad categories of what would be defined as a key worker;
• Health and Social Care. This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, home carers and staff required to maintain our health and social care sector
• Education and childcare. This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who will remain active during the Covid-19 response
• Public safety and national security. This includes civilians and officers in the police (including key contractors), Fire and Rescue Service, prison service and other national security roles
• Transport. This will include those keeping air, water, road and rail transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response
• Utilities and Communication. This includes staff needed for oil, gas, electricity and water (including sewage) and primary industry supplies, to continue during the Covid-19 response, as well as key staff in telecommunications, post and delivery, services and waste disposal
• Food and other necessary goods. This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution and sale, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (e.g hygiene, medical etc.)
• Other workers essential to delivering key public services
• Key national and local government including those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response
Mr S Naismith (Principal)
Mr A Jennings (Head of Preparatory Department)