COVID-19: 375,000 schoolchildren absent due to virus – highest number since children returned in March, data shows

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COVID-19: Growing calls to ‘rethink’ rules that can force year-long groups to return home when a student tests positive


The number of children out of school due to COVID-19 in England is at its highest level since schools reopened in March, according to the latest government figures.

Data released by the Department of Education shows that about 5.1% of all students in publicly funded schools did not attend school for COVID-19[feminine[feminine related reasons on June 24 – a total of 375,000 children.

This is an increase from 3.3% on June 17 and 1.2% on June 10.

In primary schools, 4.5% of children were out of school for reasons related to the virus on June 24, compared to 2.7% on June 17 and 1.1% on June 10.

A total of 24,000 children had left with suspected cases of coronavirus and 15,000 remained at home after testing positive.

The majority of those absent, 279,000 students, isolated themselves because of potential contact with a COVID-19[feminine[feminine cases from within their educational framework.

By comparison, 57,000 have isolated themselves after potentially coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus outside of their school, which is around 0.8% of all students in state-funded schools in England.

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0.1% of children were absent due to school closures due to COVID-related reasons.

The data arrives as ministers prepare to decide whether or not to give up self-isolation for pupils in England if one of their classmates tests positive.

Under current rules, entire classes or even entire age groups, called “bubbles”, must self-isolate for 10 days if someone tests positive.

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The government recently tested the daily contact test for children as an alternative to the current system.

Earlier, Schools Minister Nick Gibb revealed an announcement on news COVID action for schools will be taken ahead of the fourth and final step in the government’s lifting of the lockdown restrictions, which is slated for July 19.

School leaders have already been invited to prepare for the new test requirements for the start of the school year.

“We are conducting daily contact testing as a possible alternative to self-isolation,” Gibb said.

“What also matters is that we keep schools safe and if you tour our schools you will see a series of measures to reduce infection rates in schools.

“There is more hygiene, there are staggered breaks, we keep children in bubbles and there is extra ventilation in classrooms to minimize the risk of transmission. ”

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