SCHOOLS are now shut, leaving families to tackle home schooling during the coronavirus battle.

Park Academy in Uxbridge has been preparing for this outcome and digital classrooms have been rolled out this morning 23) to try to minimise disruption.

A virtual school is in place for children to use remotely, to ensure students continue to learn at the same pace and do not fall behind. Traditional hard copy learning packages are also available to students.

Jack Taylor, assistant principal at Park Academy in Park View Road, said: ‘’We live in a digital world. A Virtual School allows children to learn in the same way at the same time. Teachers will receive notifications if things are incomplete and can mark remotely.

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‘’Students are able to interact with their teachers and also receive feedback.

‘’It’s important that pupils have a structure and routine in place and treat their time at home as they would a normal school day.

‘’We would also encourage our students to spend some time doing things that are good for their well-being and talking to members of their family about what they have learnt.

‘’Joe Wicks, the nutritionist and fitness guru, will be broadcasting a PE lesson live on his YouTube channel every weekday at 9am and students should get involved!’’

There is sufficient work for at least two weeks, and this will be updated by teachers every fortnight.