Schools to stay open for vulnerable pupils and key workers’ children

TAMESIDE’S schools will remain open for vulnerable children and those of key workers during the latest lockdown.

Nurseries, Early Years education settings and Special Schools have also been asked to stay open and online learning is in place for all other children to continue their education at home during the current restrictions.

Tameside Council is working closely with headteachers and unions to ensure that provision and support is available.

The council delivered more than 1,000 laptops and tablets, as well as 4G wireless routers, to disadvantaged pupils last summer to ensure that those without access to a computer have adequate technology in place.

Arrangements are being made with schools and providers to ensure that children eligible for income based free school meals continue to receive food.

The Government has confirmed that GSCE and A-Level exams will be cancelled this year and the council will be supporting schools as they plan for these alternative arrangements.

The rules in England are due to be reviewed on February 15.

Councillor Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council executive member for lifelong learning, said: “I fully sympathise that the latest restrictions will create much difficulty and upheaval for parents.

“We must all play our part in following the rules to bring coronavirus rates down, protect the NHS and save lives. Meanwhile, vaccinations continue that will enable the restrictions to be lifted.

“Our schools will continue to stay open to look after vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers and I’d like to thank all their staff for once again ensuring this provision is in place to allow those on the frontline, including NHS staff and emergency workers, to continue their vital work.”

Cllr Bill Fairfoull, Tameside Council’s deputy executive leader with responsibility for children and families, said: “Support is available for young people and families who may be struggling during the latest restrictions.

“We appreciate residents are likely to be experiencing a difficult time and want them to be aware of all the help that can be easily accessed.”

Support for vulnerable children, young people and families is available at Tameside MBC Early Help or contact The Early Help Access Point on 0161 342 4260.

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

A dedicated webpage has also been created for young people to find activities and help whilst 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 visit www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus

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