It is not essential for children of ‘key workers’ to attend schools for emergency childcare provision next week (from Monday 23rd March 2020). If one parent is not a ‘key worker’ or children are of an age where they can remain at home unsupervised, then the best place for children is to remain at home. This is vital to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Schools will be operating on a bare minimum of staff to cater for the bare number of children. This will minimise the risk to all. We all have a responsibility to prevent the spread of this virus.
The latest advice is as follows:
Everyone must, as far as possible, minimise social contact and make sure that anyone who is particularly vulnerable to the virus is able to adopt strict social distancing.
If you are classed as a ‘key worker’ but are able to perform the critical parts of your job effectively when working from home, then you should do so. Even for key workers, provision will only be made in schools or other settings where there is no safe alternative for your family.
If one parent is a critical worker but the other parent is not then the other parent should provide safe alternative arrangements at home when possible.
For the latest guidance regarding our Local Authority, please see https://www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusadvice. Thank you.