Councils take stock of schooling during the Easter holidays

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Councils in our region have reviewed the ongoing school closings in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Schools will remain closed to most students until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But some schools in the region are expected to remain open to children of key workers and vulnerable children during the Easter holidays.

This follows government advice to keep schools partially open during the holidays “when possible”.

Schools in Merseyside and Halton help children learn from home with a wide variety of resources.

Local authorities in the region have advised on schooling during the coronavirus crisis.

Here’s what they had to say.



Schools remain partially open to vulnerable children and children of key workers

Liverpool Council

A spokesman for the council said the central government was closing the schools, with local authorities focusing on providing other key services during the crisis and supporting parents.

This includes operating more than 40 centers for children of key workers who cannot be cared for at home.

Sefton Council

Local authorities have confirmed that schools will remain closed to most students until further notice.

But the vast majority of schools in the district will remain open to vulnerable children and the children of key workers during the Easter holidays and, where appropriate, on public holidays.

Children who have attended school since March 20 – when the country’s schools are closed to most students are expected to continue going to school.

If a school decides not to open at Easter, local authorities have stated that the school directors are already contacting the parents and guardians who will be affected and will inform them of another place where the pupils will be accommodated.

Specialized residential schools and other special institutions should be supported to stay open according to the board, but are advised to do a case-by-case assessment of each child, as some may be safer at home.

On their website, the council said that families, parents and caregivers have a lot of support to help educate children at home during the coronavirus pandemic.



Bootle town hall in the snow; it has now emerged that the Sefton Council has paid £ 87,000 to external consultants in the past 12 months.
Bootle Town Hall, Sefton

Schools in Sefton have also set up online materials and programs for parents and guardians to educate their children at home.

For children and youth with special educational needs and disabilities, the board said to visit the Sefton local offering website www.seftondirectory.com/localoffer for learning tools.

The board also developed a list of home schooling materials that parents can use on its website.

Wirral Council

A spokesperson for the Wirral Council said, “Schools are open by arrangement only for children of key workers and vulnerable students.

“This will be the situation until the government changes position. “

Local authorities have also suggested a popular online resource that helps children continue learning outside of school.

The spokesperson said, “Each school has a plan in place to support its students and parents right now.

“There are also many online resources available for children of all ages, some of which are from the board and its staff and are shared on the” My Child Can “Facebook page. “

Halton council

The local authority said that each school in the district has developed home education resources for their students.

But on top of that, the board also made available support for schools in the area.



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Through the Halton Council School Improvement Team, schools can request a list of online activities and resources available to children at home.

This information is regularly updated.

It includes signage for games, puzzles, quizzes and information to help with English, math, science and other areas of the program and fun projects to do at home.

The council also provides support to a number of families through early help services, for example by offering a virtual nursery school program.

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