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We have now had further clarification in relation to key workers - this is included for you below. As a school we have been asked to remind all parents, including key workers, that school should only be used for childcare as an absolute last resort. Give careful thought as to whether one parent can care for your child, a grandparent (under 70 without health conditions), or another family member. This will allow schools to continue to operate for those with the greatest need, and will also mean that your child and family will be at a reduced risk, and following social distancing advice.

If you feel you still need a place at Jerome then this will need to be confirmed today with a member of staff, evidencing your key worker status (ID, pay slip, employer letter) and your work pattern. I would also like to remind you that should your child, or anyone in your household, develop a fever and/or a persistent dry cough, you will need to self-isolate the family for 14 days.


If you have formally identified yourself as a key worker and you have no way of making alternative arrangements for your child/children then child care will be provided from Monday. Please do not send your child unless you have made contact with us and confirmed that they have been added to the school list.

ALL children are to enter school via the Hall door, they will also be dismissed from this door at the end of the day.

Children attending Care Club will enter/leave as normal.

The school kitchen will be open - but offering a limited menu. Your child can bring a packed lunch or book a school dinner. We may be forced to close the school kitchen if there is not enough demand for a school dinner - we will communicate this with you if needed.

ALL children are to wear NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM - this should be clothing that you are happy for them to wear to complete outdoor activities and art work.

Your child can bring a snack to school to eat at break time if they wish - we will not be able to provide a snack from school.

Please remember to ensure your child brings their learning pack into school each day.

The school office will be open as normal for any questions and queries you may have.

Breakfast club will be open as normal, after school club with now run from 3.15pm - 4pm only.

Government Guidance -

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

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 distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

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.

Local and national government

This only includes those 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.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes 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).

Public safety and national security

This includes 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 COVID-19 pandemic), 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 COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes 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, as well as 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 and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.