Ebene News – GB – calls for schools in London to remain closed in January

Conservative London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey says schools should remain closed
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The government is under increasing pressure to reverse its decision to reopen schools in January as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise

The London councils were threatened with legal action by the government ahead of Christmas for writing to schools asking them to close, but as Covid-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, council leaders ask for urgent action

Conservative London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey also this week called on schools to remain closed and said this “gives us a chance to fight” the virus

M Bailey said: “We need to make the most of the Christmas holidays to defeat Covid-19 where we can

“I suggest a two week breaker for schools Meanwhile we can keep our kids from mixing and get our teachers tested

Cllr Jas Athwal, Labor leader of the Redbridge Council, questions the wisdom of reopening schools in January
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Cllr Jas Athwal, Labor leader of the Redbridge Council, told Radio 4’s Today program that government “confusion” “must end”

Cllr Athwal said: “We need an emergency firewall I think the government needs to consider the wisdom of reopening schools in January”

Health experts warn keeping schools closed is key to stopping the spread of the new strain of Covid-19, which is more easily transmitted

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and SAGE have informed the government that schools are expected to remain closed throughout January and that stricter lockdowns are needed to contain the current wave of the pandemic

But ministers are reportedly divided on the issue, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock among those supporting continuing school closures while Education Minister Gavin Williamson and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are in favor of their reopening as planned

Under current plans, the reopening of schools and colleges in January will be phased to allow for the deployment of mass testing, which will be supported by up to 1,500 military personnel who will provide advice and support to schools on how testing facilities

M Williamson said: “This is a real intergovernmental effort to ensure that high schools and colleges have the support, advice, materials and funding they need to offer rapid testing to their staff and students. from the start of the term

“I am grateful to the personnel of the armed forces, as well as all the staff, leaders and volunteers of schools and colleges who are working on setting up tests that will help to break the chains of transmission, to fight the virus and respond to the national priority of keeping education open to all”

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Ebene News – GB – calls for schools in London to remain closed in January

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