Schools to remain open during Easter break

The Government has asked schools across the United Kingdom to remain open for the children of key workers over the Easter holiday period.

A fortnight ago, schools were closed to millions of pupils as part of Downing Street’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, yet the children of key workers have been able to attend as normal so their parents can continue to work.

Key workers include those working in health and social care, such as doctors and nurses, and education workers including nursery and teaching staff.

With the Easter break only days away, the Government has published guidance urging schools to remain open as those working in vital industries battle to fight Coronavirus.

It reads: ‘Where possible, we would encourage childcare providers, schools and colleges to continue to look after critical workers’ children and vulnerable children throughout the Easter holidays.’

The number of pupils continuing to attend schools has generally been low, prompting plans to create collaborative ‘hubs’ amongst local schools. These will allow children to go to a school within three miles of their home, but not necessarily the one they usually attend.

Schools will also continue to provide free school meals for those entitled to them, regardless of whether or not they are attending school.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: ‘Teachers are playing a vital part in the fight against this virus. By keeping schools open they are helping protect the NHS and save lives. We owe them and all school staff a huge debt of gratitude.’