Primary school postpones reopening due to Covid-19

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 5, 2021

Knavesmire Primary and Carr Infants will both remain closed to all children, except those classed as vulnerable, and those of key workers.

Councillor Martin Carter, lead member for children and schools, said: "We completely understand the turmoil parents are going through and we have requested an urgent meeting with the Department for Education to stress the need for consistent and transparent decision making around the opening of schools including the criteria they used to close schools in London but leave areas with high rates just outside the M25 open as usual".

A year group at Spalding Primary School are learning from home after teachers say it is not safe to attend.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said it was "very hard to tell" how many schools would be open for the start of the term.

Slough Borough Council added that it does not have the power to close a school - only the schools themselves or the Government can order a closure.

North Yorkshire County Council says it is supporting schools in their decisions on whether to reopen for face-to-face teaching.

In Kent, the county council has asked Mr Williamson for a delay in reopening primary schools in four parts of the county.

Primary school pupils in Thanet, Canterbury, Dover and Folkestone and Hythe are expected to return on Monday while the other districts in Kent will learn remotely for the first two weeks of term.

But city councils in Leicester, Nottingham and Derby, and Nottinghamshire County Council, said they will support any schools who feel it isn't safe to reopen.

Some parents of children from other schools in Leicester have chosen not to send their kids back to the classroom, due to fears of rising Covid case numbers.

"Special or pupil referral service schools have the option of agreeing with parents that individual pupils can stay at home during the week beginning January 4, but with the aim should be that all pupils in special schools, or Alternative Provision, are back in school by the second week of term".

Yesterday, 6,110 new Covid-19 cases and six deaths were confirmed in Ireland. There were 252 new cases reported on January 2, according to latest figures.

In a statement the district council said: "Most schools are on an inset day today (Monday) but a number of headteachers have decided they will not be able to fully open tomorrow, as they will not have enough staff available to reopen safely due to union advice".

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