Update following the announcement of a staggered return in January 2021
18 December 2020
Update following the announcement of staggered return in January 2021
Yesterday the Government announced that they were "asking secondary schools and colleges to operate a staggered return supported by full-time remote education during the first week of term with in-person teaching in full starting on January 11th” "Students in exam year groups, vulnerable children, children of key workers, will attend school in person from the start of term as well as students in primary, special and alternative provision schools and colleges."
Therefore students in Years 11 and 13 will return to school on 4th January as previously announced. If you would like your child to attend because you are a key worker please email email@example.com by 3rd January 2020 (please confirm the students name and year group and your occupation). A list of occupations classified as keyworkers is attached to this letter.
Children of keyworkers can attend from Tuesday 5th January and we will be in touch to confirm this on Monday 4th January. We will be contacting other vulnerable students to invite them to return to school on an individual basis or If you would like your child to return under the vulnerable pupil category, please contact the school on 4th January.
Please note all other students will be included in the staggered return to School from Monday 11th January 2021. Students will now know the Schools expectations and will be asked to work remotely from Tuesday 5 January 2021 and use google classrooms so support their learning until they return to school.
We will publish more detailed arrangements for the revised start of term and remote learning on the school website as appropriate.
Mrs V Ray
Key worker occupations
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) 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
- 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
- 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
- or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
- 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
- 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)
- 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
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
- 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