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Coronavirus 26.3.20 update and School Closure Instructions and Information on GIS

Coronavirus: Latest information for schools and settings 26.3.20



Some changes have been made to the school closure pages on the Dorset Council website. The changes reflect the current situation in regard to COVID-19 and will allow parents/carers to identify those schools staying open for our most vulnerable children and the children of key workers. 

Please note that, for the time being, the auto update function at 4pm has been switched off and the default position against each school is set as ‘closed.’ Therefore, schools remaining open will need to ensure they are reset to’ partially open’ each day. 

Schools staying open for vulnerable children and children of keyworkers should change their status to that of 'partially open’ and reset that status daily. Guidance for parents/carers has been added to the web page explaining what partially open means.

Schools who are not open do not need to do anything as the default has been set to ‘closed’. Therefore, for now,  there is no need for closed schools to update their pages daily unless the school  reopens.


Latest information on a school’s correct status is shown at https://mapping.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/closedservices


  • The usual instructions for 'closing' and 'reopening' your school on the Dorset Council GIS system are available in our Instructions for Schools Closure document - attached.
  • Useful Dorset Council emergency contact details are in the Emergency Poster document, also attached.
  • The Department for Education website has further detail on how to manage your schools open status in a variety of emergency scenarios. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/emergencies-and-severe-weather-schools-and-early-years-settings This includes guidance on marking pupil attendance and what to do if limited numbers of staff are available.
  • If flooding has significantly affected your school or early years setting, you should contact DfE directly using incident.alert@education.gsi.gov.uk 
  • Early Years providers who have had to move to temporary premises should check to see if they need to register with Ofsted at their new premises.


Coronavirus Information Sources:


Please see this Coronavirus Update article for guidance and information. Our Family Information Service update it daily including links to government info via the DfE and Public Health England.


There are things you can do to help stop germs like Coronavirus spreading. Follow the Catch it. Bin it. Kill it. advice from Public Health England.

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin
  • regularly wash your hands with soap and water
  • try to avoid contact with people who are unwell. 


Further information for and from schools and settings will be available on our Coronavirus information page.

26 Mar 2020

Micky Diviney
Schoolsnet on Nexus
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