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Coronavirus - school closures and updates

The Prime Minister has confirmed schools closures from Friday 20 March. The council is in consultation with the DfE and other partners and will inform the public about plans around closures and the provision of support for vulnerable and critical groups during this period.

Information for parents and carers

You will be aware that UK schools will be closed to the majority of pupils from Friday 20 March. The Government have asked that parents and carers keep their children at home, wherever possible – every child who can be safely cared for at home, should be.

Key workers and vulnerable children

Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children who are either vulnerable, have a Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or who have a parent or carer that is a ‘key worker’, and therefore critical to the COVID-19 response.

If you're unsure whether you should be sending your child to school, please contact the school or setting directly.

The key worker provisions for education are only intended for children who cannot be safely cared for at home, whilst parents and carers undertake critical keyworker roles.

Many parents/carers in key worker roles may still be able to care for their child at home and are being urged to keep their children at home, wherever possible (for example, if you can work from home). This is so that schools can remain open and provide a sustainable level of care for those who absolutely need to attend.

View the government guidance on key workers and maintaining educational provision.

Vulnerable children

We are working hard to adapt how we deliver services to provide continued support and protection to our most vulnerable children.  We are taking steps to find new ways of keeping in touch with children and families who are working with us and may need help at this difficult time.

If your child has a social worker you can contact them using their normal office number but be prepared for a call back as our staff prioritise calls. 

If you’re a foster carer or connected carer our Fostering team will be in touch to ensure you feel supported.  Our Front Door services are continuing to prioritise referrals to respond to protect children who are at immediate risk of harm.

View the government guidance on vulnerable children and young people.

Further school information

Your school will provide you with more information – including questions about school meals and transport.

A reminder that children who need to self-isolate for whatever reason should not be at school. Find this latest information on the NHS website about self-isolation and how long this should be.

 

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