School closures checker: How to check if YOUR child’s school is closed

Although Boris Johnson has said the government doesn’t agree with schools closing amid the outbreak, some have closed their doors. The Prime Minister is expected to attend another meeting today with emergency committee Cobra today, and school closures is one of the topics up for discussion.


The World Health Organisation yesterday classified the outbreak as a pandemic following its spread to more than 100 countries over the world.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said that the number of cases outside China had risen thirteen times, and the number of affected countries tripled.

Dr. Ghebreyesus said: “In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths and the number of affected countries to climb even higher.

“We’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear.”


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Where can you check if your child’s school is closed?

You can keep updated on your child’s school’s closures on the government website by entering your postcode.

Schools are expected to close their doors on March 20, just weeks before they break up for the Easter half term.

The closure would mean students are away from the classroom for one month – but schools are being warned it could be much longer.

Teachers have been told to prepare home-learning packs by Friday in an effort to minimise disruption to the children’s education.

Plans are also in place to establish teaching via an online education platform, to ensure children can continue to learn from home.


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Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warned that schools could face closures long closures following yesterday’s events, which saw WHO upgrade the virus’s severity to a pandemic.

He warned there could be a serious “social cost” if the virus were to intensify.

Professor Whitty added: “One of the things that’s really clear with this virus, much more so than flu, is that anything we do we’re going to have to do for quite a long period of time, probably more than two months.

“The implications of that are non-trivial, so we need to think that through carefully.

“This is something we face as really quite a serious problem for society potentially if this goes out of control. It may not but if it does globally then we may have to face that.”

Speaking to The Mirror, one teacher said: “We have had guidance from our head of the academy who has been told to expect at least a week-long closure, possibly two.

“If schools are closed from mid-March, it wouldn’t make sense to open them up again so close to Easter. We’re preparing for a month at home.

“The home-learning packs have to be all ready by this Friday, with the aim of sending them home with the kids the following Friday.”

What’s the government’s advice?

Official government guidelines say that if a pupil or member of staff is confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 or anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should self-isolate for two weeks.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the government’s goal would be to keep schools open.

He added: “If anyone has been in contact with a suspected case in a childcare or an educational setting, no special measures are required while test results are awaited.

“There is no need to close the school or send other students or staff home.”

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