School closure warning over industrial action


Parents and carers are being warned that schools could be closed next Wednesday, March 26, as a teaching union has called on its members to strike.

Lincolnshire County Council has asked parents to keep an eye on the latest updates published on the council’s website.

It has also asked schools and academies to report if they are having to close, or partially close so the site will be as up-to-date as possible.

Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, said: “We have advised schools that if they will be without staff they have to consider whether they have adequate cover to ensure the safety of children.

“This will determine whether they should close for the day or not.

“Schools that are closing should be informing parents and carers as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements for their children.”

A spokesman said any children using school transport will continue to receive it as normal if the school is unaffected.

The strike was called by the NUT union in an ongoing dispute over pay, working conditions and pensions.

It is unclear how many teachers in Boston borough are NUT members or indeed how many of those members will answer the call to strike.

Executive director for performance and governance David O’Connor added: “As a responsible authority, we have been making plans for this industrial action for many weeks and are working towards agreeing service exemptions with the trade unions to ensure vital life and limb services are maintained.

“Plans are also in place to minimise any disruption to other council services and we have asked managers to plan services around possible reduced staffing levels if some are taking leave to look after their children.”

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