Ebene News – GB – School emergency plans will be implemented as cases increase

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Restrictions on schools and colleges will be introduced in areas with very high incidence or transmission rates of coronaviruses

The government today, Wednesday, December 30, responded to the rapidly rising rate of cases due to the new, more transmissible variant of the coronavirus by triggering the emergency education framework and pushing back one week the staggered return of high schools and colleges

The rates of Covid cases are rising rapidly across the country and from tomorrow 78% of the population will be at level 4 Between December 18 and 24, the weekly rate of cases in England roseto4026 per 100,000, an increase of 32% compared to the previous week

In response to these worrying data and to curb the spread of the virus, protect public health and save lives, the Emergency Education Framework, first released in November, will be implemented in areas of the country where the incidence or transmission rates of the virus

When the emergency framework is implemented, secondary schools and higher education institutions should only allow vulnerable children, children of critical workers and students for exams High quality distance education should be offered to all other students

The framework includes the possibility of moving primary schools to distance education if rates of incidence or transmission of the virus in a local area so require Evidence suggests that transmission is limited between young children and that the decision to close primary schools will be based on higher thresholds than for secondary schools and colleges and will only be made as a last resort Early childhood will remain open nationwide, as will alternative services and special schools

The escalation of areas under the Education Contingency will be decided by the existing Local Action Committee and COVID Operations Committee structure, and will be communicated alongside level decisions This process will be led by the secretary of health and secretary of education

In areas not subject to the emergency framework, primary schools, primary schools, alternative services and special schools will all resume face-to-face teaching at the start of the term as planned, with individual special schools having a some flexibility

Evidence shows new strain of COVID-19 is increasing in southwest, Midlands and parts of the northwest The majority of cases identified in London, the southeast and the east of the ‘England are of the new variant Infection rates have increased faster than expected in these areas where the new strain has circulated and stronger measures are needed to bring the virus under control

In the face of a rapidly changing situation, I am determined to act to save lives and the NHS, as we continue to protect education and put children first

We are making changes at the start of the term to allow more time to roll out our first of its kind rapid testing program to identify students with the virus but no symptoms In addition to existing protective measures in place, this will help keep educational environments as safe as possible for all students

The fact that we have managed to run education so successfully throughout the pandemic is due to the incredible dedication of all of our teachers, leaders and support staff and I want to thank them once again for all they keep doing to keep the kids learning as surely as possible

During the first week of the spring semester, starting on or immediately after January 4, high schools and colleges will focus on rolling out rapid tests to help find asymptomatic cases. builds on the extensive safeguards already in place in schools and colleges to make them as safe as possible

High schools and colleges will continue with a phased return but with a one-week delay, offering face-to-face training for exam year groups starting January 11 and returning all students on January 18 Professional exams scheduled for the first weeks of January will go ahead as planned

To support high-quality distance education during this time, the government plans to deliver more than 50,000 laptops and tablets to schools across the country on Monday, January 4, and more than 100,000 in total during the first week of the term. Over a million devices will be provided in total

For universities, the courses that students can return to in early January have been further limited, prioritizing medical and other courses where face-to-face teaching is required, in order to reduce the number of students traveling during this period The broader return of students currently scheduled for the two-week period starting January 25 will be kept under control

Current plans for rapid screening in high schools and colleges remain in place, with two rapid tests available to all high school and college students and staff at the start of the term to identify asymptomatic cases

First starter packs containing up to 1,000 test kits will arrive at all high schools and colleges on January 4 1,500 military personnel committed to supporting high schools and colleges remain in place, providing virtual training guidance and guidance on establishing the testing process with standby teams to provide in-person support if needed

Daily testing of all staff and students who have been in close contact with a confirmed case, reducing the need for self-isolation, will continue to be available at all high schools and colleges from the first week of the term, as well as once a week rapid tests for all staff in secondary schools, colleges, special schools and alternative services

All students and staff are encouraged to consent to the test. Tests for primary school staff will follow in the second half of January

The deployment of laptops and tablets in schools of this scale follows close collaboration between the government and its partner organizations, which has seen more than 560,000 devices delivered to schools and boards since the beginning of the pandemic With the further roll-out of this term, more than a million will be provided in total – making the program one of the largest of its kind in the world

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Ebene News – GB – School emergency plans to be implemented as cases increase

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