Information for parents about school and nursery closures
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to stay open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. These are the children of key workers, or children who are classed as vulnerable or who have an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP).
These places are limited, so if you're a key worker, or your child is vulnerable or has an EHCP, please make sure you still follow advice from the government:
- If it's possible for your child to be at home, they should be.
- If your child needs specialist support, is vulnerable, or you're a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- You should not rely on people who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category - such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions - for childcare.
- You should do everything you can to make sure your children are not mixing socially in a way which would continue to spread the virus - children should observe the same social distancing rules as adults are.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools, and special settings will continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the coronavirus response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed on the government's website, and you cannot keep your child safe at home, they will be prioritised for education provision. Further information is available in the government guidance, including a list of which jobs are classed as key workers.
If you're a key worker or your child is classed as vulnerable or has an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) and your child's school is open, please see the school's website or communications, or contact the school about attendance.
If you're not a key worker and your child does not fit into the above categories, from Monday 23 March 2020, your child should not attend school.