Hounslow colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.
Published: Tuesday, 5th January 2021
From today, Tuesday 5 January a new national lockdown has come into force. During this period colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.
Children with at least one parent or carer who is listed as a critical worker are eligible for a school place. It is not necessary for both parents to be critical workers.
For vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, who can still attend school or college, as they did in March to May, and their teachers, the system of protective measures means that any risks are well managed and controlled.
All early years providers (including registered childminders but not including reception years in primary schools) can remain open during this period of national lockdown.
Hounslow Council’s Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, said:
“I understand having to close schools at such short notice will cause a high level of disruption, anxiety and chaos for parents, children and schools. We know how important it is for children and young people to receive face-to-face education especially after the last few months. Unfortunately, the rapid rise in cases has meant the Government needed to bring in stricter measures to help reduce the spread of the virus and ease the pressure on the NHS. We will ensure that those who are eligible for benefit related free school meals can continue to gain access to this important support.
“We are all in this together and we are here to support you should you require it.
“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of the borough’s schools, staff, young people and families who once again have had to adapt and be flexible due to the changing circumstances.”
Free school meal provision
During the period of national lockdown, schools will continue to provide meal options for all pupils who are in school. Meals will be available free of charge to all infant pupils and pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals who are in school.
Schools will continue to provide free school meals or food parcels for pupils who are eligible for benefits related free school meals who are not attending school.
Detailed guidance for parents, schools and other education providers please visit the Department of Education’s website
For latest advice and news on support available in Hounslow visit our coronavirus page.