Coventry schools to remain open during Easter holiday

Schools in Coventry will continue to provide vital support for children of key workers during the Easter holidays.

Most of Coventry’s schools are to remain open over the Easter holiday next to continue to provide vital support for children of key workers during the current lockdown.

Schools in the city will remain open next week so that parents who are key workers can continue their work to help the city and the country fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Some schools will even open over the Easter weekend, with others saying that they will open if parents call them to let them know they are a key worker and unexpectedly need to work.

Many teachers across the city have also been going beyond their usual parameters, working outside of normal hours to support NHS staff and other key workers.

By opening, schools are easing the worry of childcare for key workers and allowing them to get on with their work.

Cllr Kevin Maton, cabinet member for education and skills at Coventry City Council, said: “Since schools were required to close at the beginning of the lockdown, they have played an absolutely crucial role in supporting the children whose parents are key workers and our most vulnerable children.

“I want to thank all the staff who have been such a support and are now sacrificing their own well-earned Easter break in order to keep up the fight against COVID-19.”

Kirston Nelson, director of education and skills at Coventry City Council, said: “The support from our schools has been overwhelming with staff working relentlessly and we want to express our gratitude to all of them on behalf of the Council, Health and the Police.

“They are taking every announcement in their stride and are continuing to do what they do best, which is to work in partnership to make sure our children/ families are getting the support they need in the most challenging of circumstances.”

Coventry City Council said schools in the city have been keeping in touch with parents/carers throughout the lockdown to pass on important messages and provide work for all of those pupils learning at home.

They advise that parents should use the contact provided by their school to find out about their Easter arrangements.