Two more York primary schools will stay closed to most children

4 Jan 2021 @ 4.26 pm
| Education

Face-to-face schooling will be delayed at two more York schools, it has emerged today.

Most city primary schools were set to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday) after the Christmas break.

We reported this morning that Copmanthorpe Primary had said it would only open to children of key workers and vulnerable pupils tomorrow.

That was because the school didn’t have enough staff to fully open. It’s because a majority of staff invoked Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 – which guarantees workers’ rights to a safe working environment – and are not coming in.

Two other schools have now followed suit.

Knavesmire Primary and Carr Infants will both remain closed to all children, except those classed as vulnerable, and those of key workers.

In both cases, the schools do not have enough staff after a number invoked their rights to stay away.

A spokeswoman for City of York Council said: “We encourage parents to liaise with their children’s schools directly and stay up to date via their websites and social media channels.”