Coronavirus: no school reopening date


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The secretary of education said he could not give a date for the schools to reopen four weeks after they were closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

At the daily government briefing, Gavin Williamson said there were “no plans” to open schools during the summer.

He said that five “tests” must be completed before the schools reopen, including lower infections and the daily death rate.

His comments came after a report in the Sunday Times said schools could reopen as early as May 11.

British schools were closed to all children except vulnerable children and those of the main workers on March 20.

Williamson said, “People are anxious to know when we are going to relax the restrictions, when the schools should be fully reopened and reopened.

“Of course, I want nothing more than to review the schools, to bring them back to normal, to make sure the children are sitting, learning and feeling the joy of being in school. But I can’t give you a date. “

He said five “tests” must be completed before educational institutions can reopen, including a drop in the daily coronavirus mortality rate, with reliable data showing that the infection rate has been dropping to “manageable levels” , and being confident that any adjustment would not risk a peak second.

Speaking directly to the children, Mr. Williamson said, “I wanted to tell you how sorry I am that you interrupted your education in this way.

“I want you to know that you are also such an important part of this fight, and I can’t thank you enough for everything you do.” “

The education secretary also said that he recognized how “outgoing and those on the verge of leaving care” were “truly vulnerable”, adding that he had asked local authorities “to ensure that no one ‘have to leave care during this difficult period’.

Williamson said an additional £ 1.6 million has been donated to the NSPCC charity to help it provide advice to children and adults.

As of Monday, he said, a series of 180 online lessons per week will be made available to reception students through grade 10.

The online lessons, which have been prepared by teachers and educational organizations, will be available under the Oak National Academy label.

Laptops will be provided to some underprivileged children in England, including students taking a GCSE next year, children accompanied by a social worker or those leaving care.

There is no specified number of laptops available or a fixed budget, and it will be up to schools or local authorities to decide who needs help accessing a computer.

Williamson also promised free 4G routers to help families connect to the Internet.

It happens that 596 people in the UK have died from the virus, bringing the total number of hospital deaths to 16,060.

Speaking at briefing # 10, England’s deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, said the decline in the number of deaths recorded on Sunday was “very good news”, but cautioned against all jump to conclusions.

She declined to say whether the UK had “passed the peak” of the virus, adding, “If we don’t continue to be socially distanced, we will create a second peak and we certainly won’t exceed it.” “

“But I think things seem to be going in the right direction. “


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