Letter regarding critical/key worker places
Thursday 7th January 2021
The pressure of ensuring the number of children in school remains low, and that all children and staff in school are as safe as possible, are ever increasing. For this reason, we find ourselves in the difficult position of having to consider prioritising places in line with the latest guidance.
Until now, we have been fortunate enough to have been able to offer places to all those who are entitled to one and who have requested their children attend school.
However, the numbers of families wanting places are continuing to increase and, as a consequence, we are now at critical levels and it is proving difficult to maintain social distancing.
We would be very grateful if parents, who already have places for their children in school, can help us with this. Even if you are a key/critical worker, please consider whether there is anyone else who could look after your child safely – maybe a partner who is at home or another family member as part of a childcare bubble - and please only request places for the days you are at work. Please note, you are able to request half days and are able to collect your child at any point during the day.
Using the distinction in criteria between key workers and critical workers, moving forward we may have to assess who is a priority and redistribute places in accordance with this.
The priority order is currently:
- vulnerable children
- both parents (or a single parent household) being critical workers ie: frontline NHS, care workers, education staff
- one parent from a two parent household is a critical worker ie: frontline NHS, care workers, education staff
- other key workers
If numbers continue to rise we may need to request more information from parents, including proof of employment and job role details/shift rotas etc. This is not something we would undertake lightly and is a path I sincerely hope we don’t need to go down.
We fully understand these are challenging times, but as we all continue to work together, hopefully, we can welcome all children back in to school sooner, rather than later.
I’ll keep you updated and thank you for your continued support with this.