Coronavirus: Statement in reaction to Government's school closures announcements
The Government has announced that schools in the UK will close to most pupils from Friday.
This announcement will cause understandable worry and anxiety for pupils, parents and teachers in Hackney, and we will work with headteachers to ensure everyone is getting the information they need.
We know that closing schools will have a huge effect on young people’s education and the ability of their parents – some performing vital frontline public service jobs – to complete their work.
We also know others have been asking for such a decision for some time. The Government and individual schools have, before now, had to balance these pressures. Today provides some clarity and the Council – alongside individual schools, families and the community – will need to work together in response.
The Coronavirus pandemic will continue to cause unprecedented disruption to our daily lives, but it is essential that everyone follows public health advice to limit the spread of the virus and protect lives.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
We will immediately look closely at the detail of the Government’s announcement to understand the implications for Hackney’s schools and provide local guidance.
Our focus will be on what this will mean for schools, other education settings, children, families and staff for next week, including liaising with unions. This will include ensuring vulnerable children and those who need, or will need, free school meals are supported by the Government.
We will do everything we can to support parents and carers to continue their child’s education at home, and we will issue further guidance through the Hackney Learning Trust and our schools when we have more information.
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor of Hackney