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Disruption: School Closures

Many countries in East Asia have closed their schools in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19 Hong Kong - schools closed China - many schools closed South Korea - schools closed Vietnam - schools closed Japan -schools closed Iran - schools closed UAE - closing all schools In France 120 schools have closed Italy -some schools closed UK - some schools closed temporarily US - planning school closures The immediate impact on this is who cares for children while they are at home? For the older ones this isn’t really a problem and for them in many cases classes are continuing via Skype/Zoom. For the little ones it means parents need to stay home - requiring parents to work from home and care for their small children. This is a really difficult situation for parents, and single parents particularly. How would you cope if your child’s school was closed? Many businesses are encouraged to activate their business continuity plan (ie allowing staff to work from home) in tandem with school closures. What’s your plan?

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