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Key Workers COVID-19






L Nesbitt MEd BEd


(    028 3888 1400

Fax 028 3888 1537





Baird Avenue


Co Armagh

BT66 7LP





  • Health & Social Care. This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, home carers and staff required to maintain our health and social care sector
  • Education & Childcare. This includes, nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who will remain active during the Covid-19 response
  • Public Safety and National Security. This includes civilians and officers in the police (including key contractors), Fire & Rescue Service, prison service and other national security roles
  • Transport. This will include keeping air, water, road and rail transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response
  • Utilities and Communication. This includes staff need for oil, gas, electricity and water (including sewage) and primary industry supplies, to continue during the Covid-19 response, as well as key staff in telecommunications, post and delivery services and waste disposal
  • Food and other necessary goods. This includes those involved in food production, processing distribution and sale, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (e.g. hygiene, medical etc)
  • Other workers essential to delivering key public services
  • Key national and local government including those of administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response


Dear Parents,

If you are an identified Key Worker as listed above, please consider the following points before sending your child to school:

  • Only children with BOTH parents working as key workers and both parents out at the same time should consider attending school. In single parent families, the individual parents MUST be a Key Worker
  • If possible, alternative childcare arrangements should be sought* before deciding to send your child to school. Use school as a last resort in order to limit the number of children and adults congregating together; social distancing cannot be guaranteed in a school setting
  • If your child is attending, he/she must be wearing full school uniform and bring their Home Learning folder and trainers
  • School meals will be available



DO NOT send your child to school if:

  • He / she is unwell
  • Any member of your family is unwell
  • Any member of your family is in the ‘vulnerable’ category

*Social distancing and good hygiene are VITAL to preventing the spread of Covid-19. Your child is significantly safer at home than in any other setting.

The decision to close schools to pupils was taken to reduce the number of children in schools to enhance the effectiveness of our response to the Covid-19 outbreak.  The service provided to schools is strictly to facilitate those children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response who would otherwise have no option but to stay at home to ensure safe supervision of their children.

Key workers are those who are maintaining essential public services during the Covid-19 response.

If you require the services of the school, please email me in strictest confidence ( with the following information by 9 pm tonight so we know which and how many children will be in school each day next week:

  • Your name
  • Which Key Worker category you and, if relevant, your partner falls in to
  • Which day(s) your child will be in school between 23 and 27 March 2020.
    Best wishes to all of you and your families. We are thinking about all our school community at this time. Please stay safe, stay healthy and we will see you, hopefully, before long.
    Yours faithfully,
    L Nesbitt
    L Nesbitt