Covid-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 School closures

Following the Chief Ministers announcement yesterday, schools will close to most children from the end of the school day on Wednesday 6th January 2021.

The safest place for children to be during the current period of lockdown is at home. 

The Island will once again operate a number of Hub Education Centre sites which will be open only for those children who are designated as vulnerable or are the children of on-Island essential workers.

All schools have worked hard to ensure that on-line learning resources are in place and are easily accessible to all pupils. 

We acknowledge that working together and staying at home offers our Island the best chance of reducing the spread of Covid-19 and we appreciate your support in this matter.

On-Island essential workers are detailed below:

Work Sector

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the Island’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes childcare, support and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response, or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arm’s length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, contractor and (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the telecommunications sector (including but not limited to network operations, manufacturing and engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal


Miscellaneous Services


This includes those that are required for essential commercial cleaning staff who are deployed in any of the working areas of the categories listed above in order to allow them to function.

General Guidance

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business

continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

Hub School Sites are as follows:

Hub Education Centre SiteAssociated Schools
Ballacottier Anagh Coar, St Thomas’s, Vallajeelt, Kewaigue, Manor Park
Bunscoill Rhumsaa Andreas, Dhoon, Jurby, Sulby
Cronk Y Berry Willaston, Braddan
Henry Bloom Noble Scoill Yn Jubilee, St Mary’s
Onchan Ashley Hill, Laxey
Peel Clothworkers’ Ballaugh, Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, Michael
Scoill Phurt le Moirrey Ballasalla, Victoria Road
Rushen Arbory
St John’s Foxdale, Marown
Ballakermeen High School
Castle Rushen High School 
Ramsey Grammar School 
St Ninian’s High School (Lower School site) 

The Department of Education Sport and Children consider any child to be vulnerable where for example:-

  • the child is a child who has been placed in care
  • the child is subject to a statutory child protection plan
  • the child has been placed in a Special Educational Needs Unit by the Department
  • the child is subject to a other care order or is subject to complex disabilities or needs which would determine it to be in the best interest of the child to continue to attend school

If you have any specific queries about your child’s eligibility to attend a Hub School, please contact your usual school directly.

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