Are schools and colleges closed? Government update after Queen’s death

The government is reported to have shared an update with headteachers in a E-mail Thursday night.

The email, seen by School weeksaid: “We have now entered a period of national mourning which will continue until the end of the state funeral. Guidance providing the public, businesses and institutions with advice on the period of national mourning after the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be published by the Cabinet Office and available on GOV.UK.

The department added that schools and colleges “should remain open” during this time and said: “while normal attendance is expected, principals continue to have the authority to authorize time off for students in exceptional circumstances.

The update suggests that schools may wish to “consider organizing special activities, holding assemblies or adapting planned lessons to reflect the period of national mourning and to commemorate the life of Her Majesty. be re-use course material on the Queen’s Jubilee produced by the Royal Collections Trust and The National Archives”.

Tributes paid to Queen as she dies aged 96

News of Her Majesty’s passing was announced in a statement on behalf of the Royal Family.

The statement read: “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

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