Praise for keeping schools open for key workers

Monday, 30th March 2020

TEACHERS, nursery workers and other childcare professionals have been praised for doing a great job supporting the response to the current Coronavirus crisis.

Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability, said the county owed education and childcare workers a huge thank you for their efforts to help key workers.

Since schools and colleges closed to pupils in general, they have continued to open their doors to the children of key workers, who have no alternative childcare arrangements, and to vulnerable children in need of care.

In line with the national average, attendance in Staffordshire has been running at around two per cent – or approximately 2,500 children – as parents and carers follow the latest guidance.

Philip White said: “Schools, colleges and pre-school childcare places are continuing to provide essential support to those who need it.

“Thanks to the dedication of the people who are making it possible, key workers can continue to support the NHS, emergency services and other frontline roles supporting critical services.”

Government guidance is that places are restricted to the children of critical workers and vulnerable youngsters who absolutely need care – and if critical workers are on a day off, their children should stay at home.

Self-isolating rules also apply to these children.

Philip White added: “Clearly this is an evolving situation and everyone has worked tremendously hard to get the new arrangements in place.

“We’re in regular contact with bus companies and food suppliers and we’re trying to maintain school crossing patrols where possible, so I’d thank them too for making this happen.

“Every worker we can keep supporting frontline services is a huge step in the right direction for Staffordshire’s fight against Coronavirus.”

At Tamworth Informed we would like to echo the thoughts of Philip White and also extend the thanks to all key workers who are working at this time to keep us healthy, safe, fed, watered and connected to all our essential services. 

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COVID-19 advice

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

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