The government says schools should remain open during the Easer vacations to care for the children of key workers who will still be needed to help the UK fight the corona virus
- The government closed all schools in Britain for most children from March 20
- Only students who still go to school are vulnerable children or those of key workers
- The government indicates that the school should remain open during the Easter holidays
- Plans are being drawn up for ‘hub’ schools that allow students to go to the local location
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The government encourages schools across Britain to remain open during the Easter holidays to care for the children of key workers who will still be needed to fight the corona virus.
All schools were closed to most children from March 20. Millions were told to stay at home in an attempt to overcome the pandemic, putting pressure on struggling families.
The only pupils who are expected to go to school are those who are considered vulnerable, in addition to the children of the main workers, so that they can continue to work.
The Easter holidays are fast approaching and children would split on April 6 in England and Wales, April 3 in Scotland and April 9 in Northern Ireland.
But the guidelines published by the government state that, if possible, schools should remain open during this period to ensure that key workers can still find jobs while the country continues to fight the deadly pandemic.
It says, “Where possible, we encourage childcare providers, schools, and colleges to continue caring for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children throughout the Easter holidays.”
An empty classroom at Manor Park School and Nursery in Knutsford, Cheshire, on March 24
Plans are also being made to open ‘hub’ schools, allowing students to go to a school within a three-mile radius of their home, but not necessarily their normal ones.
In Kent, for example, about 50 hub schools are expected to open during the Easter holidays – compared to more than 500 that were open last week.
Skeleton schools now accommodate about 10 percent of students, while emergency measures are being introduced to help poorer families access free school meals.
Earlier this month, Boris Johnson urged parents not to leave children with their grandparents, as the elderly are most susceptible to the disease.
The Prime Minister also said on March 18 that all exams such as GSCEs and A-Levels that take place in May and June will be canceled.
Today, a sign stands outside the closed West Bridgford Infants School in Nottingham
In Wales, teachers have already been urged to do what they can to keep schools open to NHS staff and caregivers during the two-week Easter break.
And there are plans in Northern Ireland for ‘hub’ schools in some areas to include students from a number of other schools over the Easter holidays for key workers.
Welsh education minister Kirsty Williams praised all school staff for keeping more than 700 schools open during the coronavirus epidemic.
Key figure children can continue to go to school, even though many of their school friends stay at home because of the UK-wide scheme.
The minister said she did not ask school staff to endanger themselves and urged teachers to follow government guidelines to make schools safe.
She also confirmed that providing assistance to families of children who receive free school meals also includes the Easter holidays.
Northern Ireland’s Department of Education said 1,172 children of key workers and vulnerable children attended 580 different schools last week.
The country’s education minister, Peter Weir, had asked parents to send their child to school only as a “last resort” advice that appears to be being followed.
It comes when the head of the Royal College of Physicians revealed that about one in four NHS doctors are ill or isolated at work.
Meanwhile, Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s chief adviser, has become the last person in Westminster to isolate himself after developing symptoms.
He joins Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock and British chief medical officer professor Chris Whitty, all of whom are in isolation because of the virus.