PUPILS will return to classrooms in September after being out of mainstream education for nearly five months throughout the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was the country’s “moral duty” to get kids back to class and promised schools would be the last to close in case strict lockdowns were to be imposed.
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Mr Johnson has said that keeping schools closed after September is “socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and morally indefensible” and that it is a “national priority” to get them up and running again.
Schools have been ordered to put all year groups in “protective bubbles” to minimise contact and lessen the chance of transmission.
Primary schools and nurseries began to reopen on June 1 for children in reception, Years 1 and 6 and in nursery.
Secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges opened for face-to-face contact from June 15, which offers some clarity over preparation for important exams next year.
A No10 source told The Sun on Sunday: “The PM has repeatedly stressed the importance of all children returning to school next month.
“He recognises how hard schools across the country are preparing throughout the summer so that they are safe and all children can get the education they need.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson made an announcement in July of the Government’s plan to send all pupils back to school in September.
From August 11, 700,000 children in Scotland will start returning to school.
Scottish ministers and council leaders have decided to reopen the country’s 2,500 schools in phases, The Guardian reports.
In some areas, the youngest pupils will go back to school first.
Other schools will use the alphabet to split up children by surname, letting half a year in one day and the other half in the next.
By August 18, however, every school in Scotland should be back full time, weeks before those in other parts of the UK resume.
Most schools in England will return on either September 1 or September 2, with the autumn term running until December 18.
Children will return to a full-time programme.
However Leicester, which has been in local lockdown since June 30, has an earlier summer break then other areas.
According to the Leicester County Council website, the school Autumn term begins on Monday, August 24, 2020.
Schools are being given the option to open either on September 1 or September 14, Wales Online reports.
The two-week window will give headteachers time to prepare or to have key exam year groups back two weeks earlier, Education Minister Kirsty Williams said.
When pupils in Wales return there will be limited social distancing within contact groups.
These contact groups will consist of about 30 children.
In June, Education Minister Peter Weir announced schools in Northern Ireland will reopen from August 24 for key groups of students.
Pupils in Years 7, 12 and 14 will return to school from this date on a phased basis, according to the Derry Journal.
All other students will return on their normal school start dates around September.
Yes. It will be against the law for all but a small number of exceptions to not send your kids back to school next September.
Mr Johnson said it would be “the law” for kids to be in class by September.
He also said teaching unions – who don’t want schools reopened yet due to safety fears – should “take their responsibilities seriously”.
“It’s the kids from the poorer families who aren’t going back, and so you are entrenching social injustice,” Mr Johnson said.
Kids who are exempt are those who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus – those who have compromised immune systems.
It is also strongly recommended that you ensure that your children’s other vaccinations are up to date.
The best way to find out if your child’s school is reopening is by direct contact with the school and regular checks on the school’s website.
Your local council can also be a good source of information as it will likely know whether a school in its jurisdiction is set to reopen.
Local media such as newspapers and notices can also be of use.