COVID-19 – ‘Critical Worker’ Student Attendance

Dear Parents and Carers

In order to plan for appropriate staffing to be in place to safeguard your child, could you please email headteacher@hartonacademy.co.uk in order to confirm that they will be coming to school? We will need to know the following information:

  • Are you a ‘critical worker’ (see below)?
  • What days will they be in this and next week?

Please do bear in mind the most recent Government advice that school ought to be the very last resort for you, as your child needs to have limited contact with others. As we must all know by now, your child should not attend school if they are displaying the following symptoms:

  • If they have a fever
  • If they have a new and persistent cough

Please do follow the advice from the Government, should you need to keep your child off school (www.nhs.uk, www.gov.uk/coronavirus). If your child has any underlying health problems then they should also not attend school.

In order to safeguard your child, it is essential that you call the school as soon as possible to inform us of your child’s absence, if you have already advised us that they are coming in (see above). We also request that you send your child to school with a mobile phone, and then make contact with them to ensure they have arrived. Should you be unable to contact them, please contact the school immediately. As you can appreciate, normal attendance measures no longer exist, whereby non-attendance means an automatic communication from school. Therefore, we must have this measure in place in order to safeguard your child.

Please note, on Tuesday 24 March, students need to bring in their PE kit.

Critical workers come under the following categories:

All NHS staff, including administrative and cleaning workers
Police officers
Prison officers
Firefighters
Teachers, including teaching assistants
Journalists providing public service broadcasting
Local and national government workers in admin roles “essential to the effective delivery” of virus response
Food chain workers, including those involved in production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery
Those caring for the elderly and vulnerable, including care home workers
Armed forces
Workers in critical infrastructure like gas, water, electricity and nuclear energy
Transport workers in “air, water, road and rail passenger and freight”
Postal workers

We will keep you updated on developments as the national situation unfolds, and ask that you please keep an eye on our website.
My very best wishes to you and your family at this time. Take care.

Mr Amos
Head of School

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