Councils across our region have given updates on the continued closure of schools amid the coronavirus crisis.
Schools will remain closed to most pupils until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But some schools in the region are set to stay open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children over the Easter Holidays.
That follows government advice for schools to stay partially open during the holidays “where possible”.
Schools in Merseyside and Halton have been helping children to learn from home with a wide variety of resources.
Local authorities across the region gave their guidance on schooling during the coronavirus crisis.
Here’s what they had to say.
A spokesperson for the council said central government is leading on school closures, with local authorities focused on providing other key services during the crisis and supporting parents.
This includes the operation of more than 40 hubs for the children of key workers who cannot be looked after at home.
The local authority confirmed that schools will remain closed to most pupils until further notice.
But the vast majority of schools in the borough will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers over the Easter Holidays and where necessary over the Bank Holiday.
The expectation is that children who have been attending school since March 20 – when schools nationwide closed to most pupils, will carry on going to school.
If a school decides not to open over Easter, the local authority said head teachers are already contacting parents and carers who will be affected and informing them of another place where pupils will be accommodated.
Residential special schools and other special settings should be supported to remain open according to the council but they are advised to make a case by case assessment of each child as some may be safer at home.
On their website, the council said there is lots of support available to families, parents and carers to help educate children at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Schools in Sefton have also set up materials and online programmes for parents and carers to homeschool their children.
For children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, the council said to visit Sefton’s local offer website www.seftondirectory.com/localoffer for learning tools.
The council has also put together a list of homeschooling materials for parents to use on its website.
A spokesperson for Wirral Council said: “Schools are open by arrangement for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils only.
“That will be the situation until the government changes its position.”
The local authority also suggested a popular online resource which helps children continue their learning away from school.
The spokesperson said: “Each school has a plan in place to support their students and parents at this time.
“There are also lots of online resources available for children of every school age, including some originating from the council and its staff and being shared on the ‘My Child Can’ Facebook page.”
The local authority said each school in the borough has developed homeschooling resources for their pupils.
But in addition to this, the council has also made support available for schools in the area.
Through Halton Council’s school improvement team, schools can request a list of online activities and resources for children to access at home.
This information is regularly updated.
It includes signposts to games, puzzles, quizzes and information to help with English, Maths, Science and other curriculum areas and fun projects to carry out at home.
The council is also providing support for a number of families through early help services, for example delivering the nurturing schools programme virtually.