20 March 2020 17:38
Friday is the last day at school for most children in England, Scotland and Wales until further notice, in response to the escalating coronavirus pandemic. The government has published a list of key workers whose children can still go to school if they cannot be looked after at home. The list has been separated into eight categories, including frontline health workers and social care staff, nursery and teaching staff and those involved in food production and delivery. It also includes the police, those in key public services, transport workers and critical staff in financial services and utilities. and 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 deemed crucial to delivering essential public services Workers involved in food production processing, distribution, sale and delivery processing, distribution, sale and delivery Public safety workers including police, armed forces personnel, firefighters and prison staff Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has indicated guidance will be issued on Friday, adding the government would work with schools, colleges and England's exams regulator, Ofqual, "to ensure children get the qualifications they need".
The "key workers" list has been published and includes frontline health and social care staff, people involved in food production and delivery and utility workers. It means the children of those workers will continue to be cared for at school during the coronavirus pandemic. With schools across the country shutting their gates until further notice to help contain the spread of coronavirus, the government has released a list of so-called key workers deemed essential to the UK's fight against the pandemic. Schools will be closed to the majority of children from 23 March, but have been asked to continue to provide care for children with one parent classed as a key worker. Also includes the support and specialist staff required for the health and social care sector and those who work in its supply chain.
If a school closes, key worker parents should contact the local authority who will help:: Support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK's health and social care sector.:: Workers in the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.:: Nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the Covid-19 response to deliver this approach.:: Workers essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services.:: Only administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.:: Those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).:: 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 COVID-19 pandemic).:: 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 Covid-19 response. The Department for Education has published a list of key workers who can continue to send their children to school during the general closures. Key workers are those who are maintaining essential public services during the Covid-19 response. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson wrote in a letter to the education sector: "Key workers are those who are maintaining essential public services during the Covid-19 response. 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 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.
This includes 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, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting. Key national and local government including those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response.