Liverpool schools latest to announce closures tomorrow

Two Liverpool schools have said they will not be reopening tomorrow due to coronavirus concerns.

Holy Name Catholic Primary School in Fazakerley and Pinehurst Primary School in Anfield, are the latest schools in the region to announce that they will not be opening as planned this week.

Pinehurst Primary School sent a message to parents on Sunday, January 3, to inform them that children will be expected to work remotely from home this week.

The school apologised for any inconvenience caused and thanked parents for their patience and understanding.

A limited number of places will be available at the school for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers, who will be contacted with further information tomorrow.

Holy Name Catholic Primary School in Fazakerley also contacted parents on Sunday to say the school would not be reopening on Monday.

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The closure comes after teaching unions advised staff that it is not safe to return to work and the school said it is their priority to be both Covid and operationally safe.

Executive Head Teacher Mrs A Radford Executive and Head of School Ms P Sloane, sent a letter to parents apologising for the late notice in informing them of the closure.

They said meetings had been taking place all day and the school has only just finished completing risk assessments.

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Explaining the reason behind the closure, Mrs Radford wrote: “You may be aware that recently there has been a lot of speculation regarding school closures. As a school, we regularly update our risk assessments to ensure the safety of our staff and children.

“Unfortunately, at this point in time due to staff absence on union advice and given the face that our priority is being Covid safe and operationally safe (and viable), it is with regret not possible for us to open Holy Name tomorrow.

“We will be able to make provision for any vulnerable and critical worker children (both parents/carers) as we did last Summer term during the initial lockdown.

“School work will be set for children to access remotely and the same work will be set for any vulnerable or critical worker children who attend school. We will open from 7.45am until 3pm tomorrow and let you know if there will be any changes to times.”

The school hopes to reopen “as soon as possible” and will continue to communicate with parents and carers while they remain closed.

Work will be set remotely for pupils after the first day of closure and those who don’t have access to the internet are being asked to inform the school of this as soon as possible so alternative arrangements can be put in place.

Mr Johnson appeared on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning and in a wide-ranging interview he told parents to send their children back to primary school if they lived in an area where this was permissible.

Both Liverpool Council and Wirral Council have today released statements stating that children should go back to school tomorrow if they can and unless individual schools decide otherwise.

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