York’s education lead has thanked parents and carers for their hard work and dedication in home schooling thousands of children and young people across the city throughout the Coronavirus outbreak.

Around 21,000 young people have been learning at home over the last few months, as schools across the city opened only to vulnerable children or those whose parents were key workers.

Councillor Ian Cuthbertson, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education has written a letter to all parents and carers thanking them for their efforts.

He explained:

“As a grandparent myself, I know from my own family just how difficult it is for parents who are juggling their day to day commitments with home schooling during these difficult times.

“I want to thank parents and carers for all their hard work and dedication over the last few months. Many of them will have been providing home schooling alongside working, volunteering and caring commitments. I know that for many people this will have been incredibly challenging.

“As a council, we appreciate all that they are doing by staying at home and home schooling.

Councillor Cuthbertson also praised the response of schools to the pandemic, highlighting their ‘positivity and response to rapidly changing national guidance as ‘incredible.’

The council is committed to the full opening of all schools in September, in line with recent government announcements and to making schools and schooling as normal as possible whilst working within infection control guidelines.

The authority is working with schools and academies across the city to support them in developing their plans for the new academic year.

The full letter from Councillor Cuthbertson is available here.