The Government guidance on school closures is clear that children should stay at home if they can safely do that. Children should not be cared for by elderly people/people with underlying health conditions, however.
Schools will be providing places for the children of critical workers so that they can continue to work, where they cannot make other arrangements for their care. Schools will also make sure that vulnerable children are safe and cared for and that children who are entitled to a free school meal food continue to receive it.
Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Education said: "Schools in Portsmouth have been brilliant, putting plans in place for next week at short notice. Parents need to be responsible. If they are critical workers and they cannot make other arrangements they can ask for their child to go to school. Their employers will need to confirm that their post is critical.
We are hugely grateful to all our schools and education colleagues for their efforts to make sure our most valued key workers can continue to do their vital work during this testing time.
"We urge everyone to follow the latest government advice and check the council website for the latest local advice."
Information for parents on schools - closures, key workers, vulnerable children, school meals etc. is here and is being regularly updated.
Please check our website for updates https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/coronavirus-covid-19/