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UK News Coronavirus: All schools in Scotland and Wales set to close on Friday

15:45  18 march  2020
15:45  18 march  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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All schools in Wales will close by Friday at the latest in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Welsh Government has announced. Education Minister Kirsty Williams said she was bringing forward the Easter break. "Today's decision will help ensure an orderly closure , so schools have time to

Some schools have closed or partially closed because so many staff cannot attend work. The National Education Union has also called for the closure of all schools in Wales and England. In the Senedd chamber a Plaid AM said Ysgol Brynhyfryd in Ruthin would close on Wednesday.

  Coronavirus: All schools in Scotland and Wales set to close on Friday © Getty All schools in Scotland and Wales are set to close on Friday in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Nicola Sturgeon has warned that people should not assume that they will open again until the end of the summer term.

She said the move was necessary because schools have now lost too many staff to continue as normal.

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Schools in Scotland will remain open for now but that policy will be kept "under review" as coronavirus is expected to spread. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also said it was currently "not appropriate" to cancel large-scale events in Scotland . However, there will be an "increasing focus" on

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Welsh education minister Kirsty Williams said schools in the country would be re-purposed to help people "involved in the immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak".

She said: "I can announce we are bringing forward the Easter break for schools in Wales. Schools across Wales will close for statutory provision of education at the latest on 20 March 2020.

"I have been clear up to now that the continuity of education and the wellbeing of our learners has been at the heart of my decision making. This will always be the case.

"From next week, schools will have a new purpose. They will help support those most in need, including people involved in the immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak."

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