Multiple Manchester primary schools have confirmed that they will be closing early for Christmas, in order to prevent families from having to isolate over the holidays.
Focus Trust (based in the North West) has confirmed that all fifteen of its primary academies will be shutting a week earlier than planned. Seven of these are based in Greater Manchester, the majority being in the Oldham area. This means the schools will close on December 11th rather than December 18th.
The seven primaries closing a week early are:
- Manor Green Primary Academy, Denton
- Deeplish Primary Academy, Rochdale
- Old Trafford Community Academy, Trafford
- Coppice Primary Academy, Oldham
- Freehold Community Primary, Oldham
- Lyndhurst Primary, Oldham
- Roundthorn Primary Academy, Oldham
Pupils will still be expected to work from home during this week however, with teachers offering both paper-based and online work for them to complete. Schools will also not remain open to vulnerable children or those of key workers, as like the initial national lockdown earlier this year.
Focus Trust’s chief executive Helen Rowland has that that whilst they “recognise the short notice may be an issue”, they hope that “by taking the proactive and practical approach of extending the break” they can avoid any student having to self-isolate over the holidays.
The news has been met by divided responses – whilst some welcome the idea as proactive, others have criticised the move, as it does not take into account how employed parents will manage care of their children during this extra week.
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