As part of the government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), from the end of the school day on Friday 20 March until further notice, schools in England will be closed except for provision for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.
Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. There is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.
Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children. This includes workers who are critical to the COVID-19 response, or those working in one of the following sectors:
Further information about categories of children that can continue to attend is available on the government web site.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home wherever and safe for them to do so and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely have to attend.
Parents and carers should do everything they can to ensure that children are not mixing socially in a way that could continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
Please be aware that if the virus is inadvertently spread to the school and staff it may not be possible to sustain even a limited provision.
The school will be open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.
Initially, the school will be open during school hours from 8.45am to 3.00pm. Children can be dropped off and collected at any time during these times. The opening hours may be extended once staffing and logistics have been organised.
Further information about future arrangements will be provided when available.