Boris Johnson earlier this month ordered schools to shut until the February half-term after teaching unions warned it was unsafe for staff to return to classrooms. Now, there are fears children will not resume in-person learning until after the Easter holidays in April.
According to the Sun, schools in Covid hotspots across England could stay closed for even longer – meaning pupils will have endured an entire year of major disruption to their education.
Conservative MP Robert Halfon has urged Mr Johnson to put children first and get them back to school next month.
The chairman of the education select committee, said: “The government said that schools would reopen after the February half term.
“Everything possible should be done to keep to that date – for the sake of the children’s education, mental health and safety.
“That is why ministers should prioritise school staff for the vaccine, and send in mobile units to jab them across the country.”
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