Wakefield schools to close from tomorrow afternoon

19/03/2020, PR-9345

​The Government has announced that all local authority schools, academies, registered early years providers (including childminders), private schools and sixth forms should close from tomorrow afternoon for most pupils.

After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country's ongoing response to coronavirus.

The Council is awaiting confirmation from Government of the type of roles categorised as 'key workers', but examples given by the Government so far include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country's effort to manage the coronavirus.

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.

Andrew Balchin, Wakefield Council's Acting Chief Executive, said: "The Government's decision to close schools will clearly have a huge impact on children and families across the district. We are working closely with our schools to support them and will continue to do so when we have further information from Government.

"Supporting children, young people and families is at the heart of everything we do and we will continue to support them in dealing with this unprecedented situation. We are also looking at how we can repurpose school buildings to help provide support to communities in response to the outbreak and we're also doing everything we can to minimise the disruption to Council services.

The Government has also announced that to support children eligible for free school meals, schools will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops. More information will be shared once confirmed by Government. 

More information will be available soon at www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-colleges-and-early-years-settings-to-close

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