Parents warned of school closures ahead of strikes

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Parents in West Sussex are being warned that schools could be forced to close or partially close when members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) take industrial action later this month.

West Sussex County Council is warning parents to expect disruption to a number of schools when the strike takes place on Thursday, July 10. Three other unions, including Unison, are also striking on the same day which will impact some other council services.

Parents are being advised to check with their child’s school to see what impact the action is likely to have and whether the school will be closed or partially closed to some classes.

Decisions about whether to close a school for the day are taken by individual headteachers and governing bodies. If a school remains open the headteacher and governing body need to check they have appropriate staffing arrangements in place to ensure the safety of pupils.

People can find details of any school closures or partial closures on the County Council website at or by checking individual school websites.

Parents should be aware in some cases a decision to close a school may be made at very short notice.

The accuracy of information on the County Council website regarding the impact of the strike is dependent on individual schools notifying the County Council of closures.

Thursday, July 10 is also the day that three other Unions – Unison, GMB and Unite - are also planning industrial action.

West Sussex County Council is continuing to work with unions to ensure that critical frontline services can be maintained for residents, although it is inevitable there will be some disruption to services on the day.

The Council’s call centre will remain open as usual.

Further information will be available on the WSCC website in the run up to and during the strike.