Schools are being asked by the government to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – including children whose parents/guardians are key workers and are critical to the response to COVID-19 and/or cannot be safely cared for at home.
Key workers include all health and social care workers (frontline staff, volunteers, support and specialist staff) and only one parent/guardian is required to be a key worker to qualify for a child to continue to attend school.
At the moment there is no process for a school to confirm key worker status, but we hope that schools will be practical and ask for an ID badge. We would recommend that trusts contact their local schools and/or education authority and agree that an ID badge would be sufficient.
Prerana Issar, chief people officer at NHS England and Improvement, has written a letter to HR staff in NHS organisations with recent updates and included a template letter which can be used to support staff to confirm their status as a key worker.
If your child’s school is closed then please contact your local authority, which will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child or children can attend.
Further information and guidance is available on the Gov.UK website.