William Byrd Primary Academy

School Closure Information for Parents/Carers

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School Contact Information

The main school reception is closed to all visitors.  For general information and enquiries please email enquiries@williambyrd.school

If you need any help or support from our teaching staff please email us on the relevant email address listed below stating your child's name and their class.  We will do our best to respond to your email within 24 hours between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday. 


Provision for Key Workers

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those who absolutely need to attend.

It is important that we keep our school a safe place for our staff and children. The fewer children that attend school, the lower the risk of infection for vulnerable individuals.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you are unable to keep your child safe at home then your child will be prioritised for childcare provision at school.

You must contact the school if you believe you meet the criteria and require a place for your child.

We would like to stress again that this is only for parents whose work is essential and if you have no alternative child care. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

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 distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare
This includes nursery 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.

Benefits-Related Free School Meals

We will be able to support families who usually receive benefits-related free school meals by providing a picnic lunch box for families to collect from school. This does not apply to Universal Infant Free School Meals and so children in Reception – Year 2 will not be able to collect a school lunch unless their families are entitled to benefits-related free school meals.

If you are eligible for benefits-related free school meals, please email the school office on enquiries@williambyrd.school as soon as possible to confirm that you would like to collect a picnic lunch box for your children.