Coronavirus advice for schools and parents

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.

The Department for Education has published more details about schools closing here: Schools colleges and early years settings to close

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.

Useful links

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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Last updated: 01 April 2020 17:56:24