BARNSLEY’S schools will not reopen after February’s half-term break, the government announced this week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement on Wednesday and acknowledged that the delay would be ‘frustrating’ for staff and students - but said the earliest return date could be March 8.

The borough’s 141 schools and nurseries closed their doors earlier this month when the third national lockdown was announced.

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Only children of key workers are still allowed to learn from the classroom, but most children having been learning via online classes.