Lancashire County Council is set to follow Government advice over the closure of schools as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
At a press conference held today, it was announced that schools will close except for children of key workers and pupils who are classed as vulnerable.
This will come into effect from the end of the school day on Friday (20 March).
Edwina Grant OBE, executive director for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Our priority is always to safeguard the health and wellbeing of Lancashire’s residents, including the pupils and staff at our schools.
“I understand that this is a really difficult situation, and that there will be disruption due to the schools being closed, apart from a small number of children, but I hope that parents and carers realise that this is a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of infection.
“We continue to work closely with colleagues in the NHS and Public Health England to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and protect people in Lancashire.”
Schools will be fully reopened as soon as possible, in line with national guidelines.
Parents are advised to check the county council’s school closures website for latest information and updates: www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools