Schools and colleges in Guernsey will stay open over the Easter Holidays for children of essential workers.

Staff from schools, nurseries and pre-schools across the island are volunteering their time so front line staff can continue working.

A survey had been sent out to staff working in schools to see if they would volunteer their time during the break to keep schools open.

Guernsey College of Further Education will also be working with parents of children with special educational needs to make sure they are supported.

All staff working at schools and early years providers have really stepped up to the plate to support the whole-island response to the coronavirus pandemic. When the Education Office sent out a survey asking for feedback on who would be willing to volunteer during the Easter holidays so that school sites could remain open for children of critical workers, the response was simply fantastic. The impact this could have on their fellow critical workers, who may otherwise have had to stay away from work during the Easter break, is huge and I thank them for their continued commitment during these challenging times.

Ed Ashton, Director of Operations for Education

Whilst most pre-schools remain open, one will close over the break.

Essential workers are being asked to contact the States Early Years team if they are affected by this by emailing seyt@gov.gg.