Schools will get 2 weeks notice before re-opening for all


The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has said schools in England will be given two weeks’ notice before reopening. Primary and secondary schools remain closed, except to vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers.

We have published another article which outlines the definitions for key workers and vulnerable pupils.

Pupils have been told they will be learning at home until at least half term in mid-February.

When might schools reopen for all?

Mr Williamson was pressed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme whether he could guarantee that schools would reopen at all this term, before the Easter holidays.

“I want to see them, as soon as the scientific and health advice is there, open at the earliest possible stage – and I certainly hope that would be before Easter,” said the education secretary.

He said schools and parents would have “absolutely proper notice” of when children are going to return, which he said would be a “clear two weeks” for teachers and families to get ready.

Region by region approach?

England’s deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said schools may reopen region by region after the February half term.

The government has also paused plans to roll out rapid daily coronavirus testing in all but a small number of secondary schools and colleges, with health officials saying the new variant meant the risk of missing infections had risen.

But Mr Williamson emphasised that mass testing in schools would continue, clarifying and that it was the daily tests for those who had been in contact with a positive case which had been stopped.

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