Schools in Dorset to stay open over Easter

Schools in Dorset to stay open over Easter

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:58am 3rd April 2020.

Dorset's schools are working to stay open and offer care to vulnerable children and those of key workers over the Easter break.

The Department for Education has asked schools across the country to remain open so key workers can continue with their jobs.

Schools are working in local 'clusters' which may mean bringing children from several different local schools together into one school.

That will depend on the number of children and the amount of staff cover.

Cllr Andrew Parry, portfolio holder for children, education and early help, said:

"Schools and childcare settings across Dorset have been brilliant and have really pulled together to support children and families in their local communities.

"They are working hard to provide childcare over the Easter holidays and we are very grateful.

"I know many school staff have children and loved ones to care for themselves, but are still committed to supporting their pupils during this time, so I'd like to thank them for everything they are doing."

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'Free school Meals'

Dorset Council says its also keen to ensure that families whose children normally receive free school meals will continue to receive vouchers over the Easter holidays.

Cllr Parry said:

"We're working with schools to make sure families whose children receive free school meals continue to do so over Easter.

"We know this is a difficult time for many families so want to make sure we continue to support them during the holidays too.

"I'd like to thank our schools for agreeing to help with this and we will make sure they are reimbursed for this additional support."

'More information on fee school meals over Easter'

  • Most schools are issuing vouchers to families who receive free school meals taking them right thorough the Easter break.
  • Individual schools are making plans for Easter provision and will share this information with parents.
  • More information is available on the Dorset Council website  including a list of childcare settings (such as nurseries and pre-schools) that are still open for children of key workers.