Home schooling is starting again today for most children following the latest government announcement yesterday.
Primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.
Councillor Peter Fortune, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Children, Education and Families said, “This is an immensely challenging period for parents, schools and of course, our children. We have been in close contact with schools in our borough providing advice and to support them where we can. Ensuring the wellbeing of the children is vitally important to us and we will continue to work closely with our partners to protect the most vulnerable.”
Councillor Fortune continued, “We are awaiting the detailed government guidance on certain aspects and we will share this when we have it, including alternative arrangements for examinations. We have however published our guidance on the website, including the reassurance that schools should continue providing school meal vouchers or food parcels for eligible pupils who are not attending school. I would once again like to express my admiration and thanks to everyone involved in the care and education of Bromley children and young people for their dedication and hard work at this difficult time.”
Parents are advised to contact their child’s school or educational setting for advice and clarification of how it is responding to the government’s announcement. Additionally, there is also a DfE coronavirus helpline (0800 046 8687) for queries about:
- early years including nurseries
- children’s social care