School Opening Following the Lockdown Announcement

Following the announcement by the government a few minutes ago we will not be able to go ahead with all of our plans. The school will be open for the children of critical key workers and vulnerable children only. Please send your child to school tomorrow if you fall into those categories. Your child should go to their normal classroom and attend for the full day.

If you have not already done so please email your working days and your role as a key worker to sblower@christchurchjunior.org.uk.


The government has also also stated that the Nursery can remain open. You should continue to send your child if you so wish.


If your child is not eligible to attend as the child of a critical worker they should remain at home. I will send further details about the home learning offer tomorrow by lunchtime at the latest. Meanwhile work will be available on the work portal.


Below is a list of critical workers from the government website. I apologise for the confusion but it is a fast moving situation and we have to follow the instructions issued by the government.


After School Care will run as normal but I will not be able to offer Breakfast Club at this time.


Critical workers

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

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 distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes:

  • childcare

  • support and teaching staff

  • social workers

  • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (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

  • 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition

  • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)

  • 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

Transport and border

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) response

  • 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

  • waste disposal sectors


We ask ask for your support in implementing these new restrictive measures.


Mrs Blower




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