What happens now UK schools are closed due to coronavirus outbreak? – The Sun

TODAY will be the last day of school as the Government closes schools to everyone except children of key workers.

But that does not mean youngsters will not have anymore lessons. Here is what is expected to happen.

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What happens when schools close today? 

When the schools gates shut today many parents will be forced to take time off work to look after their children at home. 

The measures apply to nurseries, state and private schools and sixth-form colleges. 

The Government is advising against asking grandparents to help with childcare because they are vulnerable to the virus.

All exams in May and June have been cancelled.

It is the first time the school examinations have not gone ahead since the system was put in place in 1888.

More details are expected on how pupils would be awarded grades.

How will children learn from home? 

Teachers have been drawing up homework packs and online resources to help parents home educate. 

Some schools have told pupils to get their on laptops at 9.30am every day and they will attempt to simulate the routines of a school day as much as possible. 

What happens to children of key workers? 

The Government has published a list of "key workers" whose children will continue to be cared for at school and nurseries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The list has been separated into eight categories, including health and social care, key public services – such as those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and journalists – and transport.

Those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery are also included, along with "administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response" in local and national government.


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When could schools reopen?

The government has not yet made it clear how long schools could be closed for and said this is still "under review".

But most local governments have indicated schools may not reopen properly until the end of the summer.

Scottish officials have suggested the schools could remain closed until September.

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