Schools are closed from Monday March 23 to all pupils except for Key workers' children with no other care option and children already identified as needing more support by the council and the school. Please care for your children at home - if you can.
Find out more about COVID-19 guidance for educational settings.
Children of key workers and vulnerable children
Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.
The following page provides current information about which schools and childcare providers are open and have places available for Key Workers and NHS staff - Childcare for Key Workers.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.
Free School Meals
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals, then you can access schools meals via your child’s school. This may be in the form of a meal, a packed lunch or a supermarket voucher. Please also see the following guidance: Plans set out to support pupils eligible for free school meals during the Corona Virus
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education has set up a school helpline to answer questions from staff, parents and young people about coronavirus issues related to education.
- Tel: 0800 046 8687
- email: DfE.email@example.com
- open from 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
The BBC's Newsround has published a useful video for children called Coronavirus: Why it might not be as scary as it sounds.
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