SCHOOLS were threatened with legal action by government ministers last night over worries lots of will shut early in a bid to stop the spread of Covid amongst pupils before Christmas.
Secondary schools across London and the South East of England are expected to tell parents that they will be closing early for the vacations.
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And at least one council has already informed a few of its schools that it would support them to relocate to online discovering only for the recently of term.
However senior sources at the Department for Education (DfE) have actually cautioned schools and councils that it would be prepared to make an application for High Court injunctions to require them to stay open.
Presdales School, in Hertfordshire, is the very first in the country to be informed it could be brought to justice over its plans to move to remote learning at the end of term.
The academy, which has actually because validated that it will remain open for all pupils until next Friday, was sent out a “minded to direct” letter from the DfE and informed that unless it backed down it would face legal action.
It comes as mass coronavirus testing is being presented at secondary schools in parts of London, Kent and Essex in a bid to keep them open in the coming weeks.
However the statement that mobile testing systems are urgently being sent to schools across the capital is stated to have “scared” parents, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Headteachers are braced for a significant drop in participation throughout the final week of term as parents keep their kids in the house rather than risk needing to cancel Christmas strategies if their kid gets contaminated.
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A DfE representative stated: “We are prioritising kids’s and youths’s education and health and wellbeing, by keeping nurseries, schools, colleges and universities open.
” Schools must deal with families to guarantee children are going to full-time. As normal, fines will sit along with this, but just as a last resort and where there is no valid factor for absence.”
Downing Street has actually insisted that keeping class open is a “national top priority” and ministers are eager to avoid anymore periods of closure after children missed up to six months of school throughout the nationwide lockdown earlier this year.