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Message of thanks to staff supporting children

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Dudley Council's cabinet member for children's services has extended the authority's thanks to those working in education and support services in Dudley borough during the coronavirus crisis.

Since schools closed to the majority of pupils last month, staff within schools, nurseries and children’s services have gone above and beyond to support the borough’s children.

Following the decision to close schools, more than 100 Dudley education settings have remained open, helping to look after more than 800 pupils and providing vital childcare for fellow key workers in the NHS, care system and other frontline services.

More than 60 schools have remained open during the Easter holidays, even on the two bank holidays.

Family support workers have taken on a new role delivering free school meals to eligible families and staff within social services continue to deliver critical support to the most vulnerable families in the borough. 

Support staff are also putting contingency plans in place to ensure essential services are maintained during the challenging times.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member responsible for children’s services, said:

We can’t thank our staff enough. This is a difficult time for them but the wellbeing of our children remains their priority. They are a credit to this authority.
Our schools and nurseries staff, themselves key workers, are playing a vital role in keeping services running in Dudley borough. Without them, many of our key workers wouldn’t be able to go to work and our frontline services would be greatly affected.
They have risen to the challenge and shown true resilience. In a matter of days, they quickly pulled together a wealth of resources to support parents and carers for children at home, including free school meal deliveries, and they continue to provide a safe and fun environment for those children who need to be in school.
We’ve also seen a real commitment from staff across support services and within social care who in some cases are taking on different roles to make sure our children and families get the support they need.
I would like to send a big thank you to every member of staff who is playing an important role at a time when it really matters most. We really do appreciate everything you are doing.
I must also thank the volunteers and our partners in the police and health service who continue to work with our teams to safeguard our children and families.

Schools remain open to children of critical key workers and for vulnerable children throughout the holiday periods, where necessary until further notice.

For more information and advice about the impact of coronavirus in Dudley borough go to www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus

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