Parents are being told to keep their children at home unless “absolutely necessary”, as schools across the UK close to most pupils.
Schools are officially shut because of the coronavirus outbreak, but children who are vulnerable or whose parents are “key workers” can still attend.
Paul Whiteman, head of school leaders’ union the NAHT, said school staff have been “much depleted”.
Even the children of key workers should stay away if possible, he said.
“Only leave your child at school if you have no other choice,” said Mr Whiteman.
“My appeal to the families of key workers is: This is not business as usual keep your family at home if at all possible.
“Leave the few spaces available for those that truly…
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