Prince George and Princess Charlotte go home, as fears about the corona virus in Britain are growing.
The children, who are trained by Thomas in Battersea, switch to ‘distance learning’ on the advice of the school.
Reportedly, all £ 19,000 a year children will be sent home as a precautionary measure on Friday due to the increasing absenteeism.
No one has yet tested positive for the virus in Thomas’ four schools in Battersea, Clapham, Kensington and Fulham, despite the absences.
Charlotte, four, started school in September and joined her big brother George, six, who started in 2017.
Princess Charlotte, with her father, the Duke of Cambridge, and mother, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George, arrived at Thomas’s Battersea in London last year for her first day of school.
No one has yet tested positive for the virus in Thomas’ four schools in Battersea, Clapham, Kensington and Fulham, despite the absences (pictured, Thomas in Battersea)
A spokesman for Thomas’s London Day Schools said, “Due to the growing number of children and staff who are out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thomas’s London Day Schools have decided to move to distance learning starting Friday, March 20.
“From that date, the curriculum is delivered through online learning platforms and we have asked parents to keep their children at home and access their lessons through this system.
‘This ensures that children can continue to learn continuously when they cannot go to school. In cases where families are unable to keep their children at home (for example, “frontline workers” in the medical field), the school remains physically open until the last day of the school year, Thursday, March 26.
“We appreciate the support of our school community because we continue to provide our students with the best possible solution during these challenging times.”
It is because schools in Wales and Scotland will close at the end of this week, while a decision to do the same in England will be made ‘soon’.
The Welsh government announced today that all schools will close for early Easter holidays by Friday at the latest.
Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Prime Minister, said her country will do the same because of the impact of the corona virus on the workforce.
And as a sign that the school may not be closing any time soon, Ms. Sturgeon said she couldn’t “promise to open again for the summer holidays.”
No announcement has been made in schools in England, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested over lunch at PMQs – before the Welsh and Scottish decisions were announced – that some sort of action will be taken in the very near future.
Thomas’ school in Battersea is housed in a Grade II listed building, the former Sir Walter St John’s Grammar School dating back to 1700.
Boris Johnson said over lunch during PMQs that continuing education decisions in England would be made “immediately.”
Children and parents / guardians arrive at school in West London. Despite the coronavirus crisis, many schools remain open
The school, which describes itself as a Christian, is open to children of all faiths, believes in ‘praise as the greatest motivator’.
Parents are told that their children are in an atmosphere that seeks positive relationships between students, teachers and parents.
Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from day one.
Former students include Florence Welch, from the band Florence and the Machine. Others are model Cara Delevingne and her sisters, Poppy and Chloe.
In his welcome message on the school’s website, headmaster Simon O’Malley says, “Thomas’s Battersea is a busy, thriving, focused school that educates 560 boys and girls between the ages of four and thirteen.
As you would expect from a Thomas school, ‘Be Kind’ is the most important school rule. We offer a rich and broad curriculum, with art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and PE, all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day of school. ‘
He added, “We hope that our students will leave this school with a strong sense of social responsibility, on their way to become net contributors to society and flourish as conscientious and caring global citizens.”
William and Kate are well-known figures at the gate of the school and have plunged into school life, helping out on coffee mornings and encouraging George from the sidelines on sports day.
A petition calling on the government to close schools in the UK has over 672,000 signatures
Schools in England have not yet been officially told to close.
The prime minister said the government would act to “complete the circle” by slowing down the spread of the virus while ensuring that NHS capacity is not adversely affected.
Senior officials in the government fear that a general closure of schools would adversely affect the health service because key workers could be forced to care for their children.
There are also concerns that closing schools may result in older grandparents being asked to care for grandchildren while parents continue to work.
The over-70s are at an increased risk of serious illnesses due to coronavirus and calls have been made to avoid all nonessential social contacts.
Education is a decentralized issue in the UK, meaning that decentralized administrations have the final say on what happens to schools within their borders.
A petition requiring all schools and colleges to be shut down for ‘appropriate time’ has grown tremendously in recent days.