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Warwickshire County Council

Closure process

Closure of a school/setting due to coronavirus

Where a joint decision has been made (school/setting and DfE or Health Protection Team) for the school/setting to close due to coronavirus; the school/setting should:

  • Send letters to all parents/carers of all children who are close contacts and need to self-isolate, and to all parents/carers of all children who are not close contacts but cannot attend school/setting due to closure.
  • Make arrangements for those children entitled to benefits related free school meals to receive food (or voucher/money) when the school/setting is closed and the child is not ill.

Closure of an Early Years setting (all instances, including coronavirus)

Should closure of PVI Early Years and Childcare setting be required; the setting should: 

  • Contact parents and carers: to advise of the need to close the setting at short notice (this may include the use of bespoke parent mailing systems, text, social media etc as well as the use of the settings website). 

PVI Early Years and Childcare Providers are to ensure that closure information is also shared with: 

Ofsted as the regulator, via email: enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk 

AND 

WCC Early Years Team via email: earlyyearsadvisors@warwickshire.gov.uk

Closure of a primary, secondary or special school (all instances, including coronavirus)

Should closure of a primary, secondary or special school be required; the school should: 

  • Contact parents and carers: to advise of the need to close the school at short notice, such as due to severe weather or flooding, broken boiler. (This may include the use of bespoke parent mailing systems, text, social media etc as well as the use of the school website). 

Schools are to ensure that closure information is also shared with on each day of closure: 

WCC Senior Leadership Team via email: education-corona@warwickshire.gov.uk

AND 

WCC Webmaster via email: webmaster@warwickshire.gov.uk

Other considerations

  • Notify setting or school providers and visitors of any changes, such as the Transport Operations Team (busservices@warwickshire.gov.uk), your catering provider, traded services.
  • Continue to fulfil the setting or school’s responsibilities for safeguarding.
  • Schools should:
  • We will publish any school closures on the Emergency school closures page.

Provide remote learning, such as via Blended Learning or Warwickshire Online Learning Resources