Return to school delayed for secondary pupils because of covid

Return to school delayed for secondary pupils because of covid

According to reports, there are no schools in the Royal Borough, Slough and Buckinghamshire Council areas that are on the list of primary schools due to close for most students as of January 4.

"However, we must act swiftly when circumstances change".

This will require secondary schools and colleges to offer face-to-face education to only exam years, vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, with remote education being given to all other students if they are in one of those contingency frame areas. The plans around how schools will reopen will now be reviewed.

Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, said that while she expected schools to remain open wherever possible, she would "reluctantly support the closure of some schools or school years, but only if tougher safeguards can be put in place for vulnerable children".

"I'm quite clear that we must continue to do all we can to keep children in school". The best place for children is in school. "They have lost enough time as it is and we don't want to exacerbate that lost time".

Setting out a new plan in the House of Commons, Mr Williamson said schools up and down the country face a "rapidly changing situation". "If these children are not engaging in education, unlike the first lockdown, there needs to be a more proactive approach from schools, Educational Welfare Service and Social Services to check on and encourage those children and families to participate in education".

Today's announcement comes after warnings from experts suggesting a delayed return might be necessary as hospitals struggle with more Covid-19 patients than in the peak of the first wave.

The government expects to deliver more than 50,000 laptops and tablets to schools across the country on Monday, January 4, and more than 100,000 in total during the first week of term.

It's because the infection rate is higher among older pupils and the delay to schools reopening will give the government more time to ensure it can properly roll out testing for pupils and staff.

We have already announced our intention for a staggered return to education this term for secondary-age pupils and those in colleges.

He said the Government was working on a mass testing programme for primary schools.

Testing for primary school staff will follow in the second half of January.

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