Local authority schools and academies will be closed to most pupils from Monday (23 March), with care provision remaining accessible to children whose parents are key workers, as the district pulls together to deal with the impact of the coronavirus.
The Government has now confirmed a list of key workers whose children will still be able to attend school. These workers’ jobs are considered ‘critical’ in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vulnerable children, including those with safeguarding and welfare needs, young carers, children who have disabilities and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan, will also still be able to attend.
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.
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. Wakefield Council is supporting schools to develop plans to get meals to the children who need them the most in the best way possible.
More information can be found on the government website or please contact the Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687.