All of Andover’s schools will close from the end of lessons tomorrow (20th March 2020) until further notice.
This is part of the government’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The children of key workers and vulnerable children will still be allowed to attend schools.
Mr Serridge, headmaster of Harrow Way School yesterday said, “My thoughts are with every single member of the wonderful Class of 2020.
“I feel devastated for our Year 11s who have had their worst fears confirmed without any reassurance or answers.
“We will look after you and allay your fears as much as we can. Keep smiling!”
HOW LONG WILL SCHOOLS BE CLOSED?
Speaking to Sky News, the education secretary Mr Williamson said, “I think it’s best to assume children will be out of school for quite a considerable time. “
WHAT ABOUT EXAMINATIONS THIS YEAR?
Mr Williamson added, “We needed to release the burden of teachers but also pupils and make it clear that those exams are not going to be taking place, but they will be getting their grades.”
He promised to “make sure that every child gets the proper recognition that they deserve” in terms of qualifications.
It is currently unclear how this will be achieved.
WHICH SCHOOLS DOES THIS AFFECT?
All schools. Nurseries, sixth forms, further education colleges, independent schools and boarding schools are also expected to shut.
WHO COUNTS AS A KEY WORKER?
Examples of key workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers, who will be needed to continue to go to work as the UK battles coronavirus.
WHO COUNTS AS A VULNERABLE CHILD?
Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans
WHAT HAPPENS TO SCHOOL MEALS?
For children eligible for free school meals, schools will be able to purchase meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops.
WHERE DO I GET FURTHER INFORMATION?
Please talk directly to your child’s school for their advice and plans. Please remember that they will be exceptionally busy at these exceptional times.