Video: School draws up contingency plans in case it has to close

John Tomsett talking live to Simon McCoy on BBC News
13 Mar 2020 @ 7.40 am
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The headteacher of Huntington School John Tomsett has said his team are drawing up contingency plans in case it is forced to close in the coming days.

Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there was no need to close schools yet, but he did say trips abroad by students shouldn’t go ahead.

Speaking on BBC News, Mr Tomsett said his staff are putting together online teaching materials as part of their plans to allow pupils to continue their studies at home if required.

He told the BBC:

  • I think whatever happens it is going to be really really difficult for us to get meaningful materials to students.

    We have online materials for students so they can continue their studies at home and we’ll have hard copies for those who don’t have connectivity.

    I oversee 1,700 people meeting every day. We have soap everywhere, we have hand sanitiser – we have the European mountain of hand sanitiser around the place.