Prince George and Princess Charlotte's school, Thomas's Battersea, is taking measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, and to keep its students and staff members safe.
Today, shortly after the British government announced that schools across the country will be closing as a precautionary measure, a spokesperson for Thomas's shared that their curriculum will be taught remotely starting on Friday.
“Due to the increasing numbers of children and staff being absent from school due to the Coronavirus situation, Thomas’s London Day Schools have decided to move to remote learning from Friday 20 March,” a spokesperson from the school said in a statement, according to People.
"From this date the curriculum will be taught through online learning platforms and we have asked parents to keep their children at home and to access their lessons through this system," the statement continued. "This will ensure that children have continuity of learning when they are unable to attend school."
The statement also noted that the school will remain physically open until March 26, when the term officially ends, to account for "cases where families are not in a position to keep their children at home (such as those who are ‘front line staff’ in the medical profession, for example)."
Earlier this month, several students at the school were reportedly tested for COVID-19, though the results of those tests were never made public. In total, there have been 2,626 confirmed positive tests in the UK as of Wednesday.
Prince George has attended Thomas's Battersea since 2017, while his younger sister Princess Charlotte started just last fall. And their father Prince William just recently spoke out about the novel coronavirus sharing a message of support.
"Whenever and wherever adversity strikes, the people of the UK have a unique ability to pull together. The way that local communities support those affected shows the very best of our values and human nature," Prince William said.
Watch his full remarks supporting the National Emergencies Trust below:
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