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Primary schools must move to temporary remote learning to create time for a new, safe plan

January 7, 2021 3:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Our intervention comes amidst growing concern for safety in schools, including headteachers launching legal action to force ministers to reveal data behind the decision for some schools to reopen.

Time and time again, this Government has squandered opportunities to get ahead of the virus in schools.

With the government's own scientific advisors saying that they cannot provide any analysis on what is required to control the new strain of the virus until mid-January, the Government must think again and adopt a plan to get ahead of the virus.

Time and time again, this Government has squandered opportunities to get ahead of the virus in schools and left pupils, parents and teachers understandably anxious if not terrified about returning next week.

For months, Liberal Democrats have been calling on the Government to come up with a proper plan to keep schools open safely.

Instead, this latest botched decision and the Tories top-down attitude has once again led to last minute and inconsistent decisions that are wreaking havoc on people's lives.

For months, Liberal Democrats have been calling on the Government to come up with a proper plan to keep schools open safely.

Given this new strain of the virus transmits faster, Ministers must think again to get ahead of the virus.

Moving primary schools to remote learning until 18 January (except for vulnerable children and children of key workers), would create time to work out new pupil bubbling strategies, ensure that all school-transport is single-school only, and build trust in the Government's school COVID testing strategy so schools can open safely.

The Liberal Democrats are urging the Government to review testing strategies in schools and publish a plan that includes a move to single-school transport and a new pupil bubbling strategy to tackle the new more transmissible strain.