Silsden Primary School to close on Friday until further notice

Silsden Primary School, along with schools across the UK, will close its doors to most pupils at 3.30pm on Friday 20th March to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The government made the announcement on Wednesday evening as part of the ongoing response to the pandemic.

Children whose parents are ‘key workers’ – and vulnerable children – will still be able to attend, with Silsden Primary running a limited number of classes at the Aire View site.

Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.

The government says that children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

Silsden Primary will provide pupils with work to do while at home and has been in touch with parents to advise them of the process for getting the necessary information.

The government has also advised that nurseries should close at the end of this week.

Dradishaw House Day Nursery says it will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to look at the options for its key worker parents and what that means for the nursery, before providing a further update.

Handprints and Pied Piper are yet to make public announcements about their positions – we will update this story with more information as we get it.

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