Parents wondering when schools will reopen may have given Boris Johnson a glimmer of hope today (Feb.2).
It was reported that he was given permission to step up preparations to get the children back to school.
Boris is believed to be looking for the date of his return to school on March 8 – which means there may be only a month of home schooling left.
However, SAGE warned of the idea, saying it was just too early.
When will the schools reopen? What did Boris say?
The prime minister is said to be delighted with the decline in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
In fact, Chris Whitty apparently told Boris that we have now passed the peak of the current virus wave.
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The government’s vaccination campaign is also going well. People over 65 are expected to be able to book appointments from next week.
We need to get the children back to school to prevent our children from becoming part of a lost generation.
And reports suggest that every single adult in the UK could be vaccinated as early as May.
Because of this, it is believed that the Prime Minister has stepped up preparations to get the children back to school by early March.
The news comes when Children Commissioner Anne Longfield called on the government to vaccinate teachers and support staff before those under 70.
This would allow schools to reopen their doors sooner rather than later.
She told The Sun, “We need to get the children back to school to prevent our children from becoming part of a lost generation.”
Currently, England’s current lockdown is in effect until March 8th.
What did SAGE say about reopening schools?
SAGE experts are not enthusiastic about Boris’ plans to send children back to school.
They say it is far too early to do this.
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The scale of the outbreak is too high, SAGE’s Calum Semple warned, and as such March 8th could be too early for schools to reopen.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program, “The challenge is that if you run open schools and everything else stays closed, you are clearly getting increased coverage associated with schools as a whole and teenagers.
“And that will add to the problems of the so-called R number. So in my opinion we really need to reduce the transmission even further. “
He added, “Much, much further because we still have very high levels of transmission within the church.”
Semple added that it would be “great” to reopen schools in a couple of weeks, but he doesn’t think we’re “still there.”
He revealed, “It would be great if we could do it in a few weeks. But personally, I don’t think we’re there yet. “
Mass tests begin today in England
Door-to-door mass testing for the new South African variant begins today in eight parts of England.
People in the affected areas were also told to “think twice” before leaving their homes.
Similar to the mutation found in Kent, the new variant is said to be more contagious than the original COVID-19 virus.
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