Students in Jersey will not go back to the classroom until 8 June at the earliest.

The Education Minister announced this morning she has extended the schools and colleges closure period until a week after half term ends. This date will be kept under continuous review.

It comes after ITV news reported teaching unions as saying they expected schools to remain shut until the 15th June with years 6, 10 and 12 going back first.

Senator Tracey Vallois also said that she intends to give an update, next week, on the plan for the safe and gradual re-opening of schools and colleges and the medical evidence to support this.

The changes are with the ongoing exception of critical workers’ and other vulnerable children.

Children will go back to school in a phased return.

Private nurseries, childminders and schools are also being advised to remain closed, with the same exception of providing places to support critical workers’ children and some vulnerable children.

In a statement, the Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills said it is "continuing to work with headteachers, trades unions and others to develop plans for the eventual phased safe return to childcare, schools and colleges of all pupils and students".

It says all decisions will be based on advice from health professionals, as well as taking account of the views of children and young people from a recent joint survey by CYPES and the Children’s Commissioner.

I am extremely mindful of the need to provide as much notice as possible to schools, parents and carers about re-opening. I am meeting daily with officials in the Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills and they are liaising closely with the trades unions and school leaders to discuss how we can open schools safely. I am hopeful to be in a position to announce further details next week on the plan which, as always, is being driven by advice and evidence from the health specialists.> I would like to express my sincere thanks and pay tribute to our students, parents and carers for adapting so well to their new learning environments and working so hard during this unsettling and difficult period. And I am so grateful for the professionalism of our headteachers, teachers, support staff, union representatives and everyone who works in education. They are continuing to put children and young people first every day and provide continuity of care and learning to our students and their families.

Education Minister, Senator Tracey Vallois