Moment children told schools are closed but they have to keep going

Moment father devastates his children by telling them they will still have to go to school despite coronavirus crisis – because he is a policeman

  • The police officer from Hampshire is a ‘key worker’ who is unable to have time off
  • Footage shows the father telling his children they will still have to attend lessons
  • Lilly, 9, breaks down into tears and leaves room after hearing disappointing news
  • All schools in the UK will shut, as of tomorrow, during the coronavirus pandemic 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Crushing footage captures a policeman telling his three children they still have to attend lessons despite the UK school closures that commence tomorrow. 

The disappointing news was revealed to Abigail, 11, Lilly, 9, and Liam, 7, yesterday, receiving a variety of reactions with Lilly being reduced to tears. 

The Hampshire police officer is part of the ‘key workers’ who are unable to have time off work during the coronavirus outbreak.

The three children were told that, as of tomorrow, there will be no school for three weeks amid the coronavirus crisis. They cheered before being told the disappointing news 

The video shows the policeman telling his children: ‘So as of Friday, there is no more school for three weeks.’

The three siblings cheer before he continues: ‘But, the rule is that because I’m in the police, you lot do have to go to school. I’m not lying, that is the rule.

‘There’s probably only going to be you and one other family going to school next week.’

The children look shocked before Lilly breaks down into tears and leaves the room, while her parent tries to reassure her by saying she will get to see her favourite teacher. 

The man who filmed the footage said: ‘I’m a serving police officer so I can’t have time off at the minute.

‘My wife works full time from home but can’t care for the children and work at the same time, especially as everywhere seems to be closing so there is nowhere to take them to keep them entertained.

‘The school seem to be on it and have sent out emails today but they are still waiting to find out the specifics from the government like everyone else.’

The kids have had some time to come to terms with having to attend classes while their friends will be at home.

The siblings appeared shocked as their father, a policeman, explained they will still have to attend lessons as he is one of the ‘key workers’ who are unable to have time off 

One of the children, Lilly, 9, broke down into tears and left the room after hearing the devastating news, but the father reassured her she could still see her favourite teacher 

The policeman added: ‘They’re doing okay, I would say they were devastated initially but we’ve explained that hopefully, it will be fun and that they will be doing something different.

‘I think they think it’s all a bit of an adventure at the minute! My eldest Abigail is due to sit her SATs exams this summer so she is upset as she’s been trying really hard, but as parents, we can’t really give her an answer if she is going to be sitting them or not.

‘You might have heard me say to Lily that she’ll get to see Mr Saunders for another week. He is her favourite teacher and really does an amazing job.

‘All the teachers at the school have been great, but he’s definitely the one that the kids look forward to seeing.’

It follows Boris Johnson announcing that NHS workers, police officers and supermarket delivery drivers will all be eligible for childcare provision, but the government is yet to publish a planned full list of key worker professions. 

The Prime Minister’s pledge to provide the childcare descended into chaos and confusion as parents who who are helping to keep the country running were rejected from the emergency scheme.

Parents now potentially face six months with their children at home while trying to juggle their jobs. 

Headteachers and nursery managers across the UK are today taking a roll call of all people who believe they need a place for their child or children while they keep working over the coming months.

But schools are using their social media accounts to warn parents that couples must both be key workers to be eligible. If not, one will be expected to stay at home with the children, probably until September at the earliest. Single parents who work in the NHS or for the police, for example, will get a place.

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