Two more York primary schools will stay closed to most children
Jan 08 2021
School leaders and teaching unions, who were pressing for a delayed reopening of schools after Christmas, said the government's response had been "last-minute and chaotic" and called for greater cooperation with the teaching profession to ensure safe reopening as soon as possible.
Attleborough Primary School - Fully closed until Wednesday Jan 6 due to issues with school's boiler.
As with previous closures, children of key workers and pupils from vulnerable backgrounds will continue to attend but all other students will shift to remote and online learning from Tuesday.
The move in Westminster came hours after Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said schools would remain closed until next month as part of a national lockdown.
The Government has advised that primary schools in Slough can reopen this week - but some Slough schools have decided against reopening, due to their individual circumstances.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said it was "very hard to tell" how many schools would be open for the start of the term.
Councillor Martin Carter, lead member for children and schools, said: "We completely understand the turmoil parents are going through and we have requested an urgent meeting with the Department for Education to stress the need for consistent and transparent decision making around the opening of schools including the criteria they used to close schools in London but leave areas with high rates just outside the M25 open as usual".
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Secondary schools will have a staggered return, with those taking exams this year resuming in-person teaching on 11 January and other year groups on 18 January.
There are now 28 primary schools in Slough, educating more than 15,000 children.
Schools have already been contacting parents directly if they do not intend to open as usual tomorrow, with parents from Hungerford Primary School reporting that it will remain closed to face-to-face teaching tomorrow.
"But people are dying and we know the rise can be linked to schools".
Meanwhile, the latest NHS data revealed that the number of hospital beds in England occupied by confirmed coronavirus patients climbed by 33% between Christmas Day and January 2.
Next week, secondary schools will stay shut while staff set up asymptomatic testing facilities for the planned return of all pupils on January 18.
Elsewhere, First Minister Arlene Foster said remote learning for schoolchildren in Northern Ireland should only be for a short period.