Coronavirus: who are keyworkers?

Overview

We know that this will be a worrying time and you will be concerned about your role, income as well as supporting your pupils and wider school community. If you are an Edapt subscriber will we be able to support you throughout this crisis as well as when you eventually return to school. We’re working round the clock to bring you the latest information and keeping you informed.

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Who are ‘key workers?’

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

The full list from GOV.UK includes:

  • Frontline health workers such as doctors and nurses
  • Workers in key public services including those essential to the justice system, religious staff and public service journalists
  • Local and national government workers deemed crucial to delivering essential public services
  • Some teachers and social workers
  • Workers involved in food production processing, distribution, sale and delivery
  • Public safety workers including police, armed forces personnel, firefighters and prison staff
  • Essential air, water, road and rail transport workers
  • Utilities, communication and financial services staff, including postal workers and water disposal workers

Which pupils should be attending school?

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.

Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Vulnerable children include:

  • Children who are supported by social care
  • Those with safeguarding and welfare needs (including child in need plans, on child protection plans)
  • ‘Looked after’ children
  • Young carers
  • Disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans

Principles to follow

The government has outlined the following principles for parents to follow:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible

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