Sheffield Council explains why it tweeted schools across city were shut - when they weren't

Sheffield City Council has explained why tweets announcing a number of city schools had closed were sent out – by accident.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 1:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 1:29 pm

The authority’s Twitter account announced the closure of a number of schools this lunchtime – but the messages were purely a test of the authority’s school closure alerts system.

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A spokesman said: “We ask individual schools to test the automated school closure alert system every now and again and it appears several schools have done that.

“The schools aren’t closed.”

Sheffield City Council alerted parents to school closures.