THE government has asked parents to keep their children at home from today, wherever possible.

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings should continue to care for children wherever possible.


All schools are expected to be open from today to provide childcare or education for the groups identified by the government.

Children may need to attend because they are vulnerable or they are children of key workers who can not safely be cared for at home. 

If opening a school is not viable due to reduced staffing levels then Bradford Council will work with the school to ensure that the vulnerable pupils and children of key workers have a place in another school.

Each school will have their own individual arrangements for setting homework for pupils during the closure.

Special schools will be working with their parents to provide for their specific needs.

The Council says it will keep the situation under constant review.

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