THOUSANDS of children across York, North and East Yorkshire are set to be off school on Thursday as teachers take part in strike action.
Of the 64 state schools in York, 19 have so far confirmed some or all classes will be affected, and 19 have still to announce, with 26 confirmed as fully open.
Teaching and other school staff will join those at hospitals, councils and fire stations across York, North and East Yorkshire for a day of national action on Thursday.
It could be the largest one-day strike over pay by public sector workers since 2010 and includes members of the NUT, GMB, Unison and Unite as well as the Fire Brigades Union.
A public sector pay freeze was introduced in 2010, and in 2012 the Government brought in a pay cap of one per cent, which is still in place.
As well as school closures some passport services and local government work could be restricted on the day.
There are more than 23,000 pupils in York schools including academy schools and those run in partnership arrangements with outside bodies such as the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.
If the strike goes ahead, five York primary schools will be completely closed:
- Hob Moor Primary School
- Hob Moor Oaks Special School
- Knavesmire Primary School
- Westfield Primary School
- Yearsley Grove Primary School.
Four of the city's secondary schools are expecting to be open as usual but Archbishop Holgate's CE Academy, Joseph Rowntree School, Applefields Special School and Millthorpe School have said they will only be partially open and the education authority has yet to receive information from Canon Lee and York High. Applefields Special School will also be partially closed.
Ten primary schools are also expecting to be partially closed, and are telling parents their children could well be affected.
The ten partially-closed primary schools at this stage are:
- Archbishop of York's CE Junior
- Bishopthorpe Infant
- Lord Deramore's
- Naburn, Park Grove
- Poppleton Road
in addition Poppleton Ousebank will be closed for training as planned.
If the strike goes ahead, in North Yorkshire Easingwold School will shut to all pupils as will East Whitby School Applegarth Primary School, Northallerton and Sutton-in-Craven Primary with Le Cateau School at Catterick Garrison, Harrogate, Hookstone Chase School and Upper Wharfedale only part open.
North Yorkshire County Council's director of children and young people, Pete Dwyer, said: “No school in North Yorkshire will take the decision lightly to close. "We have good working relationships with all our professional associations within North Yorkshire and every effort will be made to enable schools to remain open. We will also encourage any school adversely affected to communicate as soon as possible with parents and pupils.”
Those on strike in York and North Yorkshire are expecting to meet at Clifford's Tower in York at 12pm on the day before a rally in St Sampson's Square at 1pm.
In the East Riding Council area, Pocklington Infant, Market Weighton, Woldgate College, Beverley Grammar and Beverley High as well as Driffield School and Driffield Juniors will all part close. Beverley Manor Nursery will be fully closed.
An East Riding of Yorkshire Council Spokesperson said: "The council will, as far as is reasonably practicable, seek to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that services for vulnerable children and adults will be maintained."
Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council, said: “Whilst we are expecting a certain amount of disruption, our priority is to minimise this and ensure all life and limb services remain open.
"We are putting contingency measures in place to ensure that this happens."