20 March 2020 Further Update Regarding School Closure & Key Workers

Announcement ‐ 20th Mar 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure March 20th 2020

Following on from our last update of yesterday, we can now share the initial details of the school’s opening over the foreseeable future and a guide as to the work that will be provided for all other students.

The Department for Education has published four 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.

Key workers are defined as people who work in the following categories (full definitions are included below):

Health and Social Care

Education and Childcare

Key Public Services

Local and National Government

Food and other necessary goods

Public safety and national security


Utilities, communication and financial services

If you feel that you fit one of these categories and your child will need to attend school, please email office@thecooperschool.co.uk Please let us know (where you can) which days you may or may not need. If you do sign up for this provision, please do not send your child to us if they display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 (and please let us know that they won’t be attending attendance@thecooperschool.co.uk

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday 23rd March onwards. During this time, as difficult as it may be, guidance suggests that children should be kept at home and not be congregating in parks or with each other.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by our usual communication channels (email, the school website and Twitter).

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

We’re asking that students continue to follow the timetable that would have been in place for every day. Students should have their timetables in their planners and the information should be available on My Child At School.

Staff will set work according to these timetabled lessons. This work will be communicated by a combination of whole class emails and by the use of Google Classroom (a full list of all codes to access google classroom will be shared later today). Where possible, staff will ask students to submit work online and will share assessment and marking appropriate.

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can. One final thought: Tough times do not last forever; Tough communities do. At this time we must look after ourselves, our families, friends, neighbours and all of those in our communities. Take care.

Yours faithfully

Ben Baxter

Executive Headteacher


Definitions of Key Workers:

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.