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COVID-19: school closures

Our schools remain closed until further notice except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.

Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

You can find the latest guidance for parents on the closure of educational settings published by Department for Education

Children of critical workers

For the full list of critical workers, see the guidance and advice published by the Department for Education

Vulnerable children

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.


You can find the latest information and advice on coronavirus from PHE.

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

There is a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

• Phone: 0800 046 8687
• Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
• Opening hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm (Monday to Friday)

Coronavirus resources for children

There are a number of online resources to help explain coronavirus to children. 
BBC Newsround has a video for children called coronavirus: why it might not be as scary as it sounds, and there is also an easy to read information sheet available to download on the Mencap website if you would like to inform and support someone that would prefer that format, for example, if they have a learning disability.