Portsmouth City Council is thanking parents and employers for keeping children out of school to help reduce the spread of infection during the coronavirus outbreak.
About 3% of the school population are currently in school in Portsmouth. The majority of these are children of critical workers but also include some vulnerable children and young people who have a social worker and / or an Education, Health and Care Plan.
It is clear from these figures that the vast majority of parents and carers in Portsmouth are looking after their children at home, providing home schooling in addition to the support from schools. Despite the pressures this places on families, parents have responded to the government's message about staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.
School leaders, teaching and support staff, have also stepped up to the challenge and across the city are providing care and activities in school for small numbers of key worker children and vulnerable learners during this difficult period. As well as providing resources and on line teaching for pupils who are at home, schools are also keeping in contact with the families of vulnerable children to ensure they are getting the support they need.
Many employers have responded by adapting staff working patterns and responsibilities in order to support working parents who are at home with their children.
Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Education at Portsmouth City Council, said: "It's so brilliant that parents and employers have responded to the call to keep children at home wherever they can. For those families where parents can't work at home, including in the NHS and emergency services, schools across the city have stepped up to provide a great service to for them and I am hugely grateful to colleagues in schools for the vital service they are providing to the country at this time."
Help and advice for families and school children can be found on the schools and families page in the Coronavirus section of our website.