UK schools: Gavin Williamson announces MAJOR changes for new year – and warning to parents

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UK schools: Gavin Williamson announces MAJOR changes for new year – and warning to parents

New government guidance has confirmed the new rules for pupils returning to school in September after they were forced to close their doors in Marc

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New government guidance has confirmed the new rules for pupils returning to school in September after they were forced to close their doors in March to fight the coronavirus crisis.  Teachers have been told they should distance themselves from each other and older students when a full return to school takes place in September. 

The advice says secondary school staff who need to move between classes and year groups should try and keep their distance “as much as they can” – and ideally at two metres from other adults.

Older children should be kept apart from other groups and staff where possible, and they should be encouraged to keep their distance within groups.

The advice comes as the Government has announced that schools will be told to keep children in class or year-group-sized “bubbles”.

In a warning to parents, the guidance said full attendance and full curriculum is expected. 

Schools will be deemed to havd had “an outbreak” if they have two or more confirmed cases of coronavirus within a fortnight.

The guidance – which looks at how schools will return in September – says the whole site or year group may have to self-isolate at home.

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But it adds that whole-school closures “will not generally be necessary” if schools implement the recommended controls.

If there is an outbreak in a school, a mobile unit can be dispatched to test others who have been in contact with the person who has tested positive.

The guidance says testing will focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school if necessary. 

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