Pupils return to school as roadmap out of coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown begins

Pupils return to school as roadmap out of coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown begins

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has ‘hailed’ the collective public effort to bring down coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates as step one of the roadmap for easing lockdown begins. From 8 March 2021, pupils in England will return to schools and colleges for face-to-face teaching. Secondary schools and colleges will conduct three on-site tests to ensure a safe return to the classroom, after which, students will be provided with two rapid tests to use at home each week. Students are being asked to wear face coverings where social distancing cannot be maintained, as well as existing safety measures remaining in place such as maintaining distance between staff and students, good ventilation and regular hand washing.

The government has, in addition, confirmed free twice-weekly testing using lateral flow tests for all adults in households with primary, secondary school and college aged children, including childcare and support bubbles. Twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders.

The return to face-to-face education has been backed by £1.7bn worth of funding to facilitate one-to-one and small group tutoring programmes across all age groups, summer teaching for those who need it the most and flexible one-off funding for schools to use in the best interests of the most disadvantaged pupils.

Source: Schools and colleges to reopen from tomorrow as part of Step One of the roadmap

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