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Majority of Surrey and Hampshire schools remain open for children of key workers during Easter holidays

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Majority of Surrey and Hampshire schools remain open for children of key workers during Easter holidays

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:18pm 6th April 2020.

Surrey and Hampshire schools are continuing to look after vulnerable children and children of key workers throughout the school Easter holidays.

It follows the Department for Education’s request to keep the provision in place over the holiday fortnight (6 to 17 April 2020), including Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Hampshire County Councillor Roz Chadd said:

“Pre-schools, schools and childminders across the county have been fantastic in their response to the national effort in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They have pulled out all the stops to ensure those children who are unable to remain at home safely can be cared for in their settings.

“Feedback from our partner agencies such as the NHS, the police, the military and the utilities has been overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the tremendous efforts of Hampshire’s educators in keeping vital services running. Knowing their children are being safely looked after by schools is important for key workers.

“That said, it is reassuring to see that, generally, the number of children accessing the provision has been lower than expected as parents have heeded the government’s advice to keep their children at home.”

Liz Mills from Surrey County Council added:

“During this time of crisis, the Government has made it clear that the primary focus for our school leaders, teachers and support staff is to care for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.

“We are proud of the way our schools have risen to the challenge.

“The vast majority of schools in Surrey are open for these children and will continue to ensure that there is provision available for them throughout the Easter break and bank holidays.”