Schools to remain open over Easter Holidays

02/04/2020, PR-9366

​In response to requests by the Government, many of the local authority schools and academies which have stayed open to support vulnerable children and key workers during the coronavirus outbreak, will also remain open across the Easter Holidays, including the Bank Holidays.

Key workers' jobs are considered 'critical' in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vulnerable children include those with additional safeguarding or welfare needs, young carers, and children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan.

However, the advice remains that if a child can be safely cared for at home, they should be, in order to help manage the spread of coronavirus and reduce the pressure on schools.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We are working very closely with school leaders across the district to ensure that we have sufficient childcare provision for families who fall into the eligible Government categories.

"As we are sure you can appreciate, this is not an easy time for schools who continue to face the same staffing pressures as many other public services and businesses and we are urging the parents whose children are eligible to attend school to exhaust all possibilities that could enable your child to safely stay at home before contacting you school about a possible place.

"We have had a fantastic response from our school community who all continue to work hard to support vulnerable children and the needs of key workers.

"Our sincere thanks go to all our schools and academy partners for their tremendous support during this time."

More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers or please contact the Department for Education's coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687.