Schools will only be open for vulnerable and key worker children during new lockdown

Parents and carers in Liverpool are being advised that schools will only be open for vulnerable and key worker children until further notice.

It follows an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of a new lockdown across England, which he is asking people to follow immediately.

The measures being put in place include the closure of primary and secondary schools and colleges, with a move to remote learning.

Director of Children and Young People Services, Steve Reddy, said: “Schools are now in the process of putting into effect their plans for remote learning.

“They will be in touch with families to let them know the arrangements, so their children can continue to access education from home.

“Schools will only be open for vulnerable and key worker children, and they will be contacting families with the details.

“Our advice is to look out for messages from their school on their usual communication channels, such as email, text message and their website.”

More information, and a definition of key worker jobs and vulnerable children, is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The council will be issuing information in the near future explaining how parents of children on free school meals can access food vouchers.

Early years settings such as nurseries remain open as normal.