Schools in Tameside open over Easter for vulnerable pupils and key workers’ children

THE VAST majority of schools in Tameside will remain open over the Easter holidays to care for vulnerable children and those of key workers.

Tameside Council has worked with education leaders and headteachers to ensure provision for those on the front line in the battle against the Coronavirus.

Since the Government announced two weeks ago that schools, colleges and early years settings would only stay open for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers, almost every school in Tameside has remained open.

Thanks to the incredible efforts of school leaders, teachers and support staff more than 4,000 children have attended a Tameside school this week, 80% of whom are the children of key workers. And most schools will stay open over the Easter break with any key worker who needs a place able to get one.

The council has also worked with local schools and providers to ensure that children eligible for free school meals continue to receive food. The Government has announced that a national voucher scheme is now available, providing an electronic voucher or gift card worth £15 a week to spend at supermarkets. Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery, but where this isn’t possible they can use the voucher system.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: “I’d like to thank our amazing schools and all their staff for selflessly continuing to look after vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers during such difficult circumstances. This has allowed those on the frontline, including our wonderful NHS staff and emergency workers, to continue their vital work knowing that their children are being well cared for.

“Teachers and their colleagues will continue to provide this during what should be their Easter break and I want them to know that Tameside is grateful for all that they’re doing to help.”

A list of key worker jobs can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

There are lots of parenting information, tips and advice on our parent resources web page to use whilst staying in at home with your children. Visit www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/parentresources

And a dedicated web page has also been created for young people to find activities and help whilst stuck at home. Visit www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/youngpeople

For further information on the local response to coronavirus, local service changes and public health advice please visit our website at www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus

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