Ebene News – GB – Explanation of school closures – answers to questions about primary, nursery and exams

One million primary school students will not return to class next week in 50 towns in the south of England But the rules are confusing and were announced at the last minute We walk you through them here

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About a million elementary school students will not return to classrooms as planned next week during a major government turnaround

Primary schools will remain closed to everyone except the most needy children in 50 municipalities – covering up to 15% of all pupils in England

Meanwhile, secondary schools across the country will not fully open until January 18, years 11 and 13 from January 11

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson activated the ‘contingency framework’ to show how far the new variant of Covid has spread

This happens despite he and Boris Johnson repeatedly saying the last thing they wanted to do was close the schools

The Prime Minister insisted: “I stress that schools are safe and that your children are not in danger” But he said that the variant could be 70% more contagious

The 11th hour change has caused anger and bewilderment among many affected in London and the Home Counties

Liz Keeble, principal of a primary school in Basildon, Essex, said she learned from television that her school would not reopen next week, before hearing from her bosses

She said: “It’s a very difficult situation for everyone, these decisions are taken until the end”

And some districts of the city have closed their schools while others next door have opened them

Next week, primary schools will be closed to everyone except key workers and vulnerable children in 50 communes

The affected areas are 23 of the 32 boroughs of London, 11 boroughs of Essex, 9 boroughs of Kent, 2 of East Sussex, 4 of Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes of Buckinghamshire

It is important to note that these areas are not the same as all areas in level 4 Many other areas are at level 4, but primary schools remain open there

For a full list of the 50 zones with school closures, please scroll to the bottom of this article

Around one million primary school children, or 15% of all in England, are believed to be affected by the closures

Despite Gavin Williamson claiming that only “a small number of areas” where infection rates are highest would be affected

In the 50 sensitive areas, primary schools will be closed to everyone except vulnerable children and children of main workers

Major workers include healthcare, education, justice, food, police, defense, firefighters, transportation and utilities – a full list is here

Vulnerable children include those on an EHC plan, those in care or adopted children – a full list is here

If your child falls into this category, you must specifically inform the school they will attend

Other students should receive ‘high quality distance education’ by their school – in other words, learn from home

These closures will last two weeks initially before the first review This suggests they could change on January 18

If your primary school is not located in one of the 50 municipalities, it will be open to all students from January 4

The plan is the same for secondary schools in England whether or not they are in the 50 hotspots

Children of vulnerable and key workers across England will return from January 4, but everyone else will only receive distance learning this week

Years 11 and 13 – which have exams coming up – will return in person starting January 11 and the rest of high school students will return starting January 18

Confusingly, after January 18 there could also be a local plan to partially close high schools

If secondary schools are affected by the ’emergency framework’, they will remain open to grade 11 and 13 students and vulnerable children and key workers only

Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 would need to learn from home However, we do not know if this will happen again as the plan for January 18 is not confirmed

However, nurseries in primary schools have the discretion to follow the same provisions as this primary school

Community activities, before or after school clubs, classes and childcare services should only be organized for vulnerable children or key workers

In boarding schools, students are only allowed to attend face-to-face training if this would have been permitted in a non-boarding school in the same area

The courses that students can return to in early January have been even more limited compared to before

For other courses it is currently planned for students to return over a two week period starting January 25, but this is still under review

He also said that the BTEC exams which are scheduled towards the start of the quarter “will go quite normally”

Yes The plan is that all high school and college students and staff in England can take two rapid tests, three days apart, at the start of the term

Government says first starter kits containing up to 1,000 test kits will arrive in all high schools and colleges on January 4

Ideally, test results will come back for most students before they actually return to class

But managers are faced with a gigantic task: to organize the test program in just one week

Gavin Williamson lobbied stressed school leaders, saying he was “absolutely convinced” that secondary school teachers will be able to run the regime

But NAHT General Secretary Paul Whiteman said: “It is the right thing to do, but so far the government has not given schools details on how this would happen. nor advertised additional resources or professional medical help

“We cannot see how mass testing in high schools will actually be achievable under the plans that have been released so far

There are 1,500 soldiers committed to supporting these tests, but it is more advice and advice from afar than going to school

During terms, schools should “continue to provide free school meals or food packages to eligible students who are not attending”

They “should work with vendors to prepare meals or food packages to be picked up or delivered to these eligible children while they are at home.””

We know the “emergency framework” will be reviewed after two weeks, suggesting that schools could reopen on January 18

However, the framework may also be revised before that date, or it could be renewed by keeping schools closed for longer

The “emergency framework” that closes primary schools is now activated, so the list of affected areas can be enlarged or reduced by the government

All changes would take place at the first review point and would be announced sometime before January 18

Healthy teachers under 50 are like any other healthy child under 50, in that they are not part of the first phase of vaccine deployment

When we get to the second phase, it is possible that people will be prioritized according to their profession, but this is not confirmed

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said he wants teachers to come first, but “it’s a decision that will be made across government”

Because – rightly or wrongly – the government does not want the vast majority of schools to be closed

If all Tier 4 areas closed their primary schools, that would mean closing classrooms in 78% of England

Instead, despite the release of the new variant, ministers focused on the 50 most affected areas

This means that some schools 100 meters from each other have different rules, although they basically take children from the same general pool

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he “urgently asks for clarification as to why schools in some London boroughs have been chosen to remain open” while others “just in down the street won’t “

Among the unclosed boroughs is Greenwich, which Gavin Williamson has threatened with legal action to prevent schools from closing

Chef Danny Thorpe said: “In a case-by-case comparison, there doesn’t seem to be any logic in how this list was put together”

Gavin Williamson tried to explain the system by saying it was done with the Department of Health

He said he identified areas where there was either a very high rate or very sharp increases in the number of cases or pressure on hospitals

But he faces calls to release more data NAHT General Secretary Paul Whiteman said there were “no details to support the rationale for closing some schools and no ‘others – and why primary and special schools are treated differently from secondary”

In these “emergency framework” areas, primary schools can only be opened to children of primary workers or vulnerable children. This will last until January 18 for now, when the list will be review

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Ebene News – GB – School closures explained – questions about primary, nursery and exams answered

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