Coronavirus (COVID-19) - update on schools in Redbridge

Published: 18 March 2020

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal, said: "Following today’s Government announcement, schools in Redbridge will close until further notice for the majority of children.  Schools will remain open to children and young people of key workers and vulnerable children - including those under the guidance of social workers or have educational health and care plans. 

"Over the last few days, our schools have done a fantastic job continuing to manage the provision of education, despite reducing numbers of staff. They’ve also been at the forefront of passing on advice from the public health experts, who are currently advising the government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 "Our schools have been preparing for this scenario, planning how they might support pupil learning and study once this step was taken. They’ve already identified a range of creative ways to help, so that children and young people can continue to enjoy their education experience away from the school setting.

 “We know that parents and pupils would prefer to continue to access the great education our schools offer in the conventional, but in the current context, we all need to take difficult decisions to prioritise health and well-being.

 “We also appreciate this isn’t an easy time for parents, who in some cases, will be faced with the prospect of having to miss work to stay home to look after their children. Council staff will continue to work with the teachers and support staff to do all we can to help you support your children and your families at this difficult time.”

Redbridge Council will provide a detailed FAQ for parents as soon as possible, and then continue to update that as further information and plans are developed. 

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