School and ECC arrangements for key workers on Monday 23 March

“We appreciate fully that many parents are concerned about key worker status. The guidance we have received from the Scottish Government is that “if one parent is a key worker and the other is not, the non-key worker should normally be expected to provide childcare. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.”

“Having checked the UK Government guidance, it is different and says that if only one parent is a key worker, they can send their children to school or ECC if required. In light of this contradictory position, we will deal with each case on its merits. If there is no other childcare option then we would look for confirmation of this.

“We want to do all we can to support key workers. We need them to look after those who are going to get sick and to keep our vital services running, but we also need to avoid social contact so, if key workers can make any other arrangements for their children,  we ask them to do so.

“Head Teachers will not turn away any child on Monday, but will need to seek some form of  confirmation of key worker status for future attendances. Going forward we will need to keep matters under review with staff absences rising as more of our staff require to self-isolate and we know parents will understand. Remember we need to reduce social contact, and even if you are a key worker, please only send your child as a last resort and if you absolutely need to.”

Key worker definitions