Coronavirus: Children supported across Hull as schools restrict attendance

Schools across the country will restrict attendance from Friday, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has announced that schools will remain closed until further notice, except to the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Key workers include health and social care staff, education and childcare staff, those essential to key public services and the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response, staff essential to providing food and necessary goods, public safety staff including police, firefighters, armed forces, prison and probation staff. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan. More detail will be given by schools as soon as possible.

GCSE and A-Level exams have also been cancelled.

The council is working with primary and secondary schools via the Learning Partnership to develop a city-wide approach to keeping children safe, supporting learning and providing access to school for children of key workers and those who are considered to be vulnerable.

Councillor Peter Clark,  Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children said: “We are working in close partnership with our schools to achieve a city wide approach to keeping children safe, supporting their learning and providing nutrition and essential supplies. We are looking at how we can best provide the care required for children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.

“Those entitled to pupil premium and therefore free school meals will be catered for even if they are not attending school as part of the priority groups.

“We value the commitment and dedication of our school staff and will keep working to uphold our shared values in these uncertain times.”

Schools are providing information and learning resources via their websites and parents are encouraged to log in regularly.

 

 

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The Ferens Art Gallery in Hull.