Coronavirus Information

Information for children on COVID – 19

This is a very unsettling and stressful time for everyone. We want to help our families as much as we can. We will always endeavour to keep people up to date with as much information as we can give to try and protect us all from Coronavirus.

For that reason, according to Government’s instructions, our school is now closed to all children except:

  • Those with an allocated Social Worker.
  • Those with an Educational Health Care Plan
  • Those with parents who are essential key workers.

The following is the official list of key worker roles.

If your work is critical to COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

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 and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the 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, and 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 COVID-19 response, or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, 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 COVID-19 pandemic), 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.

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems 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 COVID-19 response, as well as 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 and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

We will continue to monitor the staff and children’s absence very carefully and will contact parents immediately if children become unwell.

School will stay open for children of Key Workers, in consultation with our Multi Academy Trust – Star. However, if the level of staffing dips below the legal ratio for the children in attendance, we would have to evacuate and close completely. For this reason, it is important that families work on contingency child care plans and keep us up to date with contact details if these change.

The following websites should tell you all you need to know about COVID 19 and they will be constantly updated.

Official / National Information about Coronavirus

From the National Health Service Website

From the Government Website

Total cases in UK tracker

Advice from the World Health Organisation

Questions and answers about COVID 19

Coronavirus Overview from WHO

DfE Guidance for schools

DfE Travel Guidance for the education sector

Local information about Coronavirus

Diocese of York

Selby District Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Additional information from the Star MAT about Coronavirus

Additional Information from Brayton Primary School

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

Local sources of help

St Wilf’s

Selby Food Bank

Selby Advice Website

Selby District Age UK

MP for Selby Advice

Scott Road Medical Centre

Posterngate Surgery

Beech Tree Surgery