Are schools closing after Queen Elizabeth II’s death?


Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, raising questions about whether schools in Britain will be closed after her death.

On Thursday, the The royal family’s twitter account shared that the Queen “died peacefully at Balmoral”, after 70 years on the throne.

As reported by BirminghamLive, the Department for Education (DfE) will inform schools whether or not they will be closing in the coming days. A representative for the DfE previously told the publication that it “will provide advice to all schools in due course [the Queen die]”.

Although no plans have yet been made to close schools, reports have said schools are likely to observe a day of mourning on the date of the Queen’s funeral, and that day will be considered a public holiday.

The site also noted that the Queen’s funeral will reportedly take place on Monday, September 19.

According to documents for Operation London Bridge, the plan set up in the event of Queen Elizabeth’s death, the day of her funeral will be considered a “Day of National Mourning”.

As Politicalexplained, the funeral “will effectively be a holiday, although it will not be named as such.”

“If the funeral falls on the weekend or an existing holiday, no additional holiday will be given. If the funeral falls on a weekday, the government does not plan to order employers to give employees time off – the documents say it is a matter between employees and their staff,’ writes the newspaper.

There will also be a 10-day period of mourning for the Queen in the UK, but schools are not required to close during that time.

Operation London Bridge also notes that the funeral itself will be held at Westminster Abbey and there will be a two minute silence across the UK.

The independent has contacted the Ministry of Education for a comment.



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