Schools: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's guidance, Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision, published on 19 March 2020, whether children are eligible to attend school where only one parent is defined as a key worker during the period of school closures due to covid-19.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department has recently published guidance for parents and carers in relation to the closure of educational settings, which is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers.

The current guidance confirms that children with at least one parent or carer who is critical to the COVID-19 response can attend an education or childcare setting if necessary. However, many families with a parent or carer working in critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

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