SCHOOLS could also be closed till mid-February, Sage advisers have warned.
The group warned school rooms could have to be closed till the February half-term as present measures may show “inadequate” in curbing the virus.
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Colleges may keep shut till the February half-termCredit score: Alamy
Gavin Williamson refused to apologise for the confusion yesterday
A supply instructed the paper: “The closure of colleges till mid-February is a completely attainable state of affairs.
“We don’t have the information for Christmas but however we’ll by January 18 and it’s troublesome to see that being an enchancment.”
One other senior supply added: “We’ve got been cautious to not say they are going to undoubtedly reopen on January 18 as a result of we don’t know that.”
Minutes from a Sage assembly that passed off earlier than Christmas revealed officers have been skeptical a November-style lockdown may assist stop the unfold of the super-infectious new pressure of coronavirus.
The information comes after Training Secretary Gavin Williamson was critcised for the “confusing” guidance on schools – which noticed one reopen and one shut on the identical avenue.
One annoyed mum mentioned it was “totally ridiculous” for her youngsters to return to class simply half a mile away from an space thought of too unsafe for one more faculty to open.
Robert Halfon, chairman of the Commons Training Choose Committee expressed concern over the “patchwork” closures.
He mentioned: “I’m anxious two weeks will change into 4 weeks after which six weeks.”
It’s thought 15 per cent of the entire primaries throughout the nation will keep shut, as Training Secretary Gavin Williams refused to apologise for the chaos.
Lecturers have additionally been left feeling anxious about returning to highschool, with one, Lauren, telling LBC she had misplaced hair and sleep on the prospect of going again to the classroom.
She mentioned: “I didn’t signal as much as danger my life”.
n practically 50 Tier 4 areas the place an infection charges are highest, ALL schools will have to stay closed, including primaries.
That features most of London, Essex, Kent, and a handful of areas in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and East Sussex – however key staff and susceptible pupils can nonetheless attend.
These will keep closed till at the least January 18 – however the state of affairs might be reviewed each two weeks.
Secondary colleges within the hotspot areas will keep closed for at the least two weeks till January 18 – together with colleges in the remainder of the nation.
The information might be reviewed earlier than then and a choice made whether or not to get colleges again.
However college students set to sit down GCSEs and A-levels will return on January 11 as deliberate – and any January exams will go forward.
Early years like nurseries will stay open nationally, as will various provision and particular colleges.
College students going again to school ought to keep residence if they’ll – and solely those that must attend for sensible studying to return.