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Education Secretary will not rule out outdoor classes and assemblies if there are Covid outbreaks

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
2nd Sep 21 1:58 pm

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said he will “move heaven and earth” to avoid closing schools if there is a rise in infections.

Williamson will not rule out classes and assemblies taking place outside in the event of an outbreak.

He also did not rule out there will be a rise in infections as schools reopen and all secondary schools and college pupils can take two lateral flow tests a week in England.

Williamson was asked on LBC Radio if he will rule out any future school closures, he said, “‘I will move heaven and earth to make sure that we aren’t in a position of having to close schools.”

The Education Secretary said he is confident that pupils will get tehir GCSEs and A-levels by the end of the school year.

He added, “We’ve had two years where we’ve not been able to run a normal series of exams.

“I don’t think anyone wants to see a third year of that. We want to get back to normal, not just in terms of what the classroom experience is like but also the exam experience.”

Should there be a Covid outbreak in schools he would not rule out pupils having classes and assemblies outside.

Williamson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “It is certainly not something that we’d be expecting to see an awful lot of, especially in autumn and winter.”

The government have said that children do not have to isolate if they come into contact with a person who have Covid and schools in England will no longer keep children in “bubbles.”

Professor Calum Semple of child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, told BBC Breakfast, “I think schools will become a greater part of the problem than they were before.

“Because if you want to have schools operating as near-normal as possible with full classes, and you can’t do social distancing as effectively compared to workplaces where the adults are working from home, and are vaccinated, schools become a greater part of the problem than they were before.”

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