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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed to the majority of pupils until further notice.

The changes cover children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools.

Schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings to remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can.

GOV.UK have provided full guidance on this.

What schools are open in East Devon?

Devon County Council is responsible for schools across the county. They have provided a list of all of the East Devon schools which are either closed or partially closed. 

Critical workers

Critical workers include NHS staff, police, farmers and food retail workers, who need to be able to go out to work.

Children with a parent or carer who is listed on the government’s critical worker list should be considered for a school place.

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

However, many parents working in these sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 

Full information can be found on the GOV.UK website.