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Class of Covid 19: Pupils wave farewell to classmates as schools shut and may not reopen until September due to coronavirus - but children of 'key workers' will be will back on Monday amid chaos over official list (14 Pics)

Class of Covid 19: Pupils wave farewell to classmates as schools shut and may not reopen until September due to coronavirus - but children of 'key workers' will be will back on Monday amid chaos over official list (14 Pics)
Pupils have said their goodbyes to classmates and teachers as schools closed due to the coronavirus today, possibly remaining shut until September.
However, some will have to go back to school on Monday as normal, with the children of 'key workers' expected to attend while their parents work essential jobs during the pandemic. 
Teachers could be forced to work through the Easter holidays and at weekends to care for the children of coronavirus key workers after the 'majority' of parents asked for school spaces through the crisis, it was revealed today. 
Many schools and nurseries could have most of their children back in class on Monday despite being ordered to close by the Prime Minister today to stop the spread of the disease that has claimed 177 lives in the UK - up 40 in 24 hours.
Year 11 pupils, some with graffiti-covered shirts reading 'Survivor 2020' and 'Class of Corona 2020' react as they leave a secondary school in Odiham, west of London, today
Year 11 pupils, some with graffiti-covered shirts reading 'Survivor 2020' and 'Class of Corona 2020' react as they leave a secondary school in Odiham, west of London, today
British schools close indefinitely on Friday as part of tougher government measures to stem the coronavirus pandemic. (Above, pupils in Odiham today)
British schools close indefinitely on Friday as part of tougher government measures to stem the coronavirus pandemic. (Above, pupils in Odiham today)
Year 11 pupils, one wearing a face mask, react as they leave a secondary school in Odiham, west of London this afternoon
Year 11 pupils, one wearing a face mask, react as they leave a secondary school in Odiham, west of London this afternoon
Senior schoolchildren in Northwich, Cheshire, embrace and mark their 'leavers' day early as they head home and schools are closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
Senior schoolchildren in Northwich, Cheshire, embrace and mark their 'leavers' day early as they head home and schools are closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
A schoolgirl in Northwich declares school is over as schools all over the country are closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
A schoolgirl in Northwich declares school is over as schools all over the country are closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
Senior schoolchildren mark their 'leavers' day early with a selfie as they head home following the coronavirus outbreak
Senior schoolchildren mark their 'leavers' day early with a selfie as they head home following the coronavirus outbreak
Emotional friends embrace and say their goodbyes as schools are closed early while the coronavirus wreaks havoc in the UK
Emotional friends embrace and say their goodbyes as schools are closed early while the coronavirus wreaks havoc in the UK
A schoolgirl signs a fellow pupil's face at the end of the day, with schools in the UK possibly not opening until September
A schoolgirl signs a fellow pupil's face at the end of the day, with schools in the UK possibly not opening until September
MailOnline readers working in schools and nurseries, which care for around 8million children in the UK, have said that at least a third or more parents have claimed key worker status since the list was published last night. 
But unions claim schools simply 'cannot cope' with the number of children set to come back next week and some headteachers have been forced to reject applications because of a lack of staff. Others have asked parents to fill out forms about their jobs and prove they are eligible so headteachers could prioritise students.
Some teachers today accused the Government of 'taking the p***' and treating them like 'babysitters' as they face losing their two-week Easter holiday and weekends to care for children whose parents are at work.
Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said the Prime Minister's list 'could result in some schools having the majority of pupils attending'. She added: 'Schools can only accommodate a limited number of children and the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread.' 
A schoolgirl in Northwich uses her father's megaphone to declare that school is over - for the time being at least
A schoolgirl in Northwich uses her father's megaphone to declare that school is over - for the time being at least
Students from Hill's Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge on Friday afternoon say goodbye to each other as they leave college for the last time
Students from Hill's Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge on Friday afternoon say goodbye to each other as they leave college for the last time
Britain's schools students whose GCSE and A-Levels exams have been axed fear teachers could give them disappointing grades based on their mock results and coursework because so many traditionally 'cram' ahead of final tests in May and June. Above, college students in Cambridge embrace today
Britain's schools students whose GCSE and A-Levels exams have been axed fear teachers could give them disappointing grades based on their mock results and coursework because so many traditionally 'cram' ahead of final tests in May and June. Above, college students in Cambridge embrace today
Pupils leave a school in Woolton, Liverpool today. Schools will now be open during the Easter holidays with some headteachers drawing up weekend rotas to care for children, especially with parents working in the NHS
Pupils leave a school in Woolton, Liverpool today. Schools will now be open during the Easter holidays with some headteachers drawing up weekend rotas to care for children, especially with parents working in the NHS
Children walk home from Altrincham C.E. aided primary school after the government's policy to close all schools from today
Children walk home from Altrincham C.E. aided primary school after the government's policy to close all schools from today
Sixth formers from Hill's Road college in Cambridge bid farewell to each other this afternoon as they come to terms with the situation
Sixth formers from Hill's Road college in Cambridge bid farewell to each other this afternoon as they come to terms with the situation
Gates are locked after school children leave a school in Woolton, Liverpool following the Government announcement
Gates are locked after school children leave a school in Woolton, Liverpool following the Government announcement

The Department for Education has said it currently has no estimates for the number of children that need places because the situation is 'fast moving'.   But a spokesman said it expected the majority of educational establishments to stay open where required - but recognised it may be 'impossible' for small rural schools.     
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said: 'Taking up a place at school during this time of wider closure is the offer of last resort, for the minority of key workers, who have no alternative'.
While Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, warned parents they must not assume Monday will be 'business as usual'.  
A girl has her shirt signed by a friend at a school in Newcastle-under-Lyme amid the Covid-19 school closures today
A girl has her shirt signed by a friend at a school in Newcastle-under-Lyme amid the Covid-19 school closures today
Georgia Mayer, aged 16 says goodbye to her friends at a school in Newcastle-under-Lyme as the majority of schools in the UK close this afternoon
Georgia Mayer, aged 16 says goodbye to her friends at a school in Newcastle-under-Lyme as the majority of schools in the UK close this afternoon

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