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Onsite Learning for Children of Critical Workers

Published on 8th January 2021

Onsite Learning for Children of Critical Workers

If, as a worker, you think you fall within the critical categories below you should confirm with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service. Your employer should be able to provide you with a critical worker status letter, we acknowledge that it may take time to receive your employer evidence and your child will be able to attend onsite whilst this evidence is being generated.

Please can you send the letter as evidence that you are a critical worker to should you require your child to attend school onsite.

You should then complete the Onsite Learning google form ( and await for confirmation from the school that we are able to offer onsite provision for your child.

Children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can send their children to school if required, but as said, every child who can be safely cared for at home, should be. We are aware that many schools are stating that there should be 2 critical workers at home before a pupil may come in to school.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors, as outlined below. However, it is important to note that 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.

Parents are therefore asked to follow these key principles:

  • Every child who can be safely cared for at home, should be.
  • 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.

The latest guidance on who is classified as a key work is available from the government website.

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
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