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Arrangement for Key Workers' Children and Other Groups

Dear Parents and Carers,

Further to my school Ping sent on Wednesday evening, if your child is in receipt of an EHCP plan, they have a social worker, they are a looked after child or you are a Key Worker, Marshfield Primary School remain open for them from Monday 23rd March.


Government Key Worker Definition


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.


We will be opening at 7:45a.m. and closing at 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and remain open until further notice. This will also include the two week Easter holiday period. All children will be welcome to attend breakfast club and will be provided with a lunch and evening meal. Other family members are also invited to receive three meals per day at their request.


We have organised a thoughtful timetable to ensure that your child/children will remain safe, happy and content during this incredibly difficult and uncertain time.


For children coming in to school as of Monday 23rd March 2020, the following measures/precautions must be taken:

  • Own clothes to be worn which are fresh on – we recommend putting clothes straight in the washing machine once returning home from school to minimise and control the spread of infection.
  • Up to date contact details for family members must be available within school and emergency contact details should your child become poorly/exhibit symptoms of contracting coronavirus.
  • We must register your child in and out of the premises by somebody who either has parental responsibility or has been nominated by yourselves, as long as you are all fit and well and not showing symptoms of coronavirus.
  • If you become unwell with coronavirus symptoms, you must immediately contact school and arrange for collection of your child.
  • Social distancing must be enforced whilst your child is not in school if we are to prevent/minimise the spread of infection.
  • School must be informed if you no longer fall within the key worker list or you have been asked to self-isolate.
  • Thorough hand washing to take place at home just before leaving the home.
  • There will be some flexibility between 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. if you are wanting to drop your child or children off later and collect earlier.

If you require any further details or information, please contact the school office 01274 573 295. There will be a member of staff available to take your call each day.


We look forward to seeing the associated children and their families on Monday and for the vast majority of our children who are residing at home with their loved ones, we are going to really miss you. Please follow our Twitter page regularly, when there is some exciting learning taking place in school, we will capture it in an attempt to reach all of our 459 children.


If any of our parents or carers need any support, guidance, information, just someone to talk to or even food over the forthcoming weeks there will always be a member of staff available at school to help.


It is with a very heavy heart that we can only open our doors to a small number of children but we have to apply the rules of social distancing to reduce the spread of this horrible virus.


Stay safe everyone.


Mrs Victoria Hartford