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All Schools to Close From Friday

All Schools to Close From Friday

Published by Matthew Pells at 5:22pm 18th March 2020. (Updated at 5:40pm 18th March 2020)

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says all schools will close indefinitely from Friday.

There will be some exceptions for the children of "Key Workers" who will continue to go to school.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Gavin Williamson said:

"I want to provide parents, students and staff with the certainty they need.

"After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice.

"This will be for all children, except for those of key workers and children who are most vulnerable.

"The scientific advice shows that the settings are safe for this small number of children attending, but asking others to stay will just go towards helping us slow the spread of this virus."

Mr Williamson said examples of key workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers.

He added nurseries, Sixth Forms, further education colleges, independent schools and boarding schools were expected to follow the same approach.

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