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Featherstone School Closure

31st December 2020


Dear Parents/carers


School Closure until 18th January 2021  

I hope that you have had a good break with your families, despite all the ongoing tier 4 restrictions. 


You may be aware that the Education Secretary announced the government’s plans for reopening schools yesterday. Unfortunately, due to the increasing rise of Covid-19 cases in London, all Ealing schools have been instructed NOT to fully re-open schools until Monday 18th January.  


Learning for most pupils will resume remotely online using Google Classroom from Tuesday 5th January. (Tapestry for Nursery and Reception) We will write to you in the next few days with further details about how your child can access this remote learning and the plan for the next two weeks.  


For our vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers only, school will be open from 9 – 3:15. Classes will be mixed and your child’s usual class teacher will NOT be teaching them. We will contact the families of our vulnerable pupils over the next few days to discuss their attendance at school.  


If you are a critical worker and it is essential to send your child to school because there is no-one at home to look after your child while you go to work please contact the school and let us know if you would like us to reserve a place for your child.


However, if one member of your family is at home and is able to look after the children please arrange for this rather than use the critical worker offer. The critical worker provision is for those families with no other choice or option but to send their child to school. It is safer to keep your child at home to reduce the risk of infection to you and your child.


I understand this late announcement must be worrying and difficult and I apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.


In the meantime, I hope that you and your family remain safe and well.

Yours sincerely


Mr D Lee



What is a critical worker?

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