School Closure Letter 5 January 2021

By 4th January 2021 School News

4th January 2021: COVID 19 UPDATE and return to school plans from Mrs Eveleigh as of 8pm following the Prime Minister’s announcement

Dear Parents/Carers,

Sincere apologies for disturbing your evening once again. Following the Prime Minister’ s announcement tonight, I regret to inform you that both Webber’s and Burlescombe School will be closed from 5th January 2021. Only critical /key workers and the most vulnerable children will be able to attend our schools. We have already asked you to let the school offices know if you qualify in this category as matter of urgency. At the moment, we are keeping both schools open for these categories as we plan how we will move forward in the forthcoming weeks and will let you know as soon as possible.

For those children not in school, we will switch to our home learning system and we aim for this to be available on the schools’ websites tomorrow morning.

For those children attending either school, uniform will not be required to be worn; remember to wear something sensible and warm as ventilation remains key. A hot meal will be available for children in school, but it may not be as advertised on the menu. For those children not in school who normally are entitled to Free School Meals, we await government guidance about a possible voucher scheme.

I will be writing to you as soon as I can with more updates.

Kindest regards

Deborah Eveleigh



Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

Updated 31 December 2020

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