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Schools may open over Easter for key workers' children

Children heading home for the last day after schools closed. Picture by Philip Toscano, Press Association
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Some schools may have to open over Easter to look after key workers' children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Updated guidance released by the Department of Education said schools should continue to look after vulnerable and key workers' children throughout the holidays.

A 'hub' school in one area could take pupils from other schools if local agreements were reached, the department said.

READ MORE: Call for clarity about effective coronavirus safety measures in schools

On Tuesday, 1,172 children attended school. Around 580 schools opened their doors.

The guidance read: "The focus is on providing care for a limited number of children of key/critical workers.

"Where possible, we would encourage, pre-education settings and schools to continue to look after critical workers’ children and vulnerable children throughout the Easter holidays and consider whether weekend provision can be facilitated.

"This will be kept under review."

Education Minister Peter Weir has provided updated guidance for schools

Education minister Peter Weir had previously asked that the children of key workers only go to school as a "last resort".

He said children should only attend school if there was "no other viable option".

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