A message from Mel John-Ross, Executive Director of Children's Services - The closure of Schools and Colleges in Barnsley

Further to the Prime Minister’s briefing and announcement on Monday 4 January 2021, schools and colleges must close during the current national lockdown.

However, schools will stay open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers, who may continue to attend school.

Vulnerable children and children of critical workers are defined in the following government guidance: Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings (updated 31 December 2020).

Special schools should also remain open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers.

For all other children, schools will move to providing remote learning and provision with immediate effect.

Nurseries, early years and child care setting can remain open.

Parents are encouraged to contact their school for further information and advice.

In order to slow down and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in your community, we all need to continue to follow the restrictions:

  • Keep a safe distance from others
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces if you can
  • Not let anyone in your house leave home if any other person living there has symptoms
  • Stay at home and book a free test if you have symptoms - call 119 or visit NHS.uk
  • Reduce the number of people you have contact with

Symptoms of COVID-19 include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and  loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If you have any of these symptoms, however mild, you must stay at home, do not go to school and book a free test at one of our accessible testing centres.

Most test results are now coming back within 24 hours. You can book a test by calling 119 or visit NHS.uk.

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