Coronavirus updates

Press Release from Jonathon Lewis CCC/PCC:

Education in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Schools:  An update

January 4th 2020

 Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening of a further England-wide lockdown which comes in to effect from tomorrow, Cambridgeshire County and Peterborough City Councils are supporting the closure of schools tomorrow across Cambridgeshire  and Peterborough (5th January). 

 This will allow head teachers and their staff time to prepare to reopen from Wednesday (Jan 6th) for vulnerable children and children of key workers only and be in a position to roll out home learning options for others, as we await updated guidance how these groups will work and the expectations for their education.  We expect to receive this advice from Government in the morning. 

 These schools are contacting parents this evening to update them on the current position but parents are also asked to check on the schools own website for details.  Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council will be assisting them, particularly around making sure those pupils who receive free school meals or are in need of help to access home learning can be supported.  A number of schools may open if they have the capacity and staffing to do so. 

 Secondary schools which were not scheduled to re-open for face to face learning for all until w/b Jan 18th are not currently open,  and will also be in touch with parents and pupils in the coming days about future plans.

 Early years provision will be open as normal pending further guidance

 “Head teachers and their staff across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough continue to offer a magnificent response in the face of this ongoing pandemic - as have parents, many of whom will again be asked to support their children learning from home.  It is the priority of us all  to make sure every child in the county can continue to be educated safely until such time as they can all return to the classroom.” Said Jonathan Lewis, Director of Education for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.

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