Key Worker Status

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has put out some advice concerning key workers.

A spokesperson said: ‘In order to assist you to determine whether you are a key worker or not, we would reinforce the following points:

1. You should be a key member of staff i.e. delivering direct care to patients/clients in an NHS or social care setting (hospital, NHS practices, care home or homecare). This is also includes ancillary support staff, social workers, allied health professionals, cleaners, porters and catering staff.

2. You should be a member of school staff (e.g. teacher, support worker, catering staff, janitorial or admin)

3. You should be providing direct emergency service provision (e.g. fire, ambulance, police, coastguard)

4. You should be a worker in the utilities sector (e.g. Hydro, water board, gas)

5. You should be a worker in the transport sector (ferry, planes, hauliers, deliveries of food, buses)

6. You should be a worker in food and/or retail distribution (e.g. butcher, chemist, supermarket worker, small shops providing food)

For those workers listed above, their children should only attend school in the following circumstances:

– When they have no appropriate alternative childcare available to them

– On a day when they would normally be working (i.e. children only attend school when you are at work)

‘Education, like other services, is working with a reduced level of staff. Therefore, other support staff, in relation to the above criteria – such as admin, HR functions and finance – should have approval of line management and their names provided to the Education department (through their own service) from Monday March 23 onwards.

‘Vacancies and absences in critical care services have already created a situation where we  may have to redeploy staff to support front line workers. Many of our teaching staff have volunteered to work across other services and it is therefore important that the pupils attending at our schools are those of key workers only.’

Argyll and Bute Council also put out this information via its website.

‘If you are a doctor or a nurse and have a requirement for childcare on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week please contact us at seemis@argyll-bute.gov.uk and we can offer you support.  All contact should be made prior to 1pm on Sunday March 22.  All other parents who have identified themselves as a ‘key worker with no childcare’ will be contacted early next week.

‘The council is exploring a range of measures to deliver childcare, including the creation of local hubs and working with private and third sector childcare providers.

‘Staff will be available for pastoral support for pupils Monday to Friday between noon and 2pm in the following Hub schools: Dunoon Grammar; Rothesay Joint Campus; Oban High; Hermitage Academy; Castlehill Primary; Lochgilphead Joint Campus; Tarbert Academy; Tiree High; Tobermory High; and Islay High, should they require it.

‘Please be reassured that we are working to protect key workers, education continuity and vulnerable children in these unprecedented times.   We thank you for your continued support.’

For more information visit www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/