Guidance for schools on foot-and-mouth
Schools in affected areas should try to open and provide a full curriculum - or at least provide care for children to enable their parents to go to work. In the unlikely event that insufficient adults are available to care for the children, then schools could "probably" close legally, for health and safety reasons.Where children are prevented from attending school because of government restrictions to their routes, the absence should be treated as authorised.
All farm visits, or trips that would take children to or over farmland, should be postponed.
The advice stresses that, as foot-and-mouth disease poses no threat to human health, there should be no risk to children eating school lunches. If food supplies are disrupted and it becomes impossible to provide the usual lunch service - including, from April 1, the legal obligation to provide a meal that meets the new nutritional guidelines - local education authorities and schools should try to ensure that any alternative provision is as nutritionally balanced as possible.
For full information, see www.dfee.gov.uk.footandmouth, or phone the helpline on 0845 0504141