Secondary pupils to wear masks and have Covid tests when they return to schools across Gedling borough

 Secondary pupils to wear masks and have Covid tests when they return to schools across Gedling borough

Secondary school and college students will need to have regular Covid tests when they return to schools across Gedling borough next month.

The plan to get pupils back to school was revealed by the Prime Minister last night.

They have been told to return to school on March 8.

Parents will be asked to conduct lateral flow testing on their children twice a week to test for COVID-19, though schools will be providing testing facilities for anyone who may not be able to carry out home tests.

Secondary school and college students and staff will also be advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained until Easter under strengthened protective measures.

Schools will be able to decide a phased return to class during that week, though attendance will be compulsory when schools reopen with penalty fines for those who don’t go back.

The strict new measures have been brought in to try and keep coronavirus infection rates down, including mandatory face coverings and regular testing for staff and students.

If students test negative on their first test, they will be allowed to continue at school, and a positive test will mean they must stay home and self-isolate.

Face masks will be required for pupils and staff in secondary and further education classrooms, and staff in primary schools will be asked to wear masks in corridors.

Staff will also be asked to wear face coverings in any settings where social distancing is not possible.

GCSE and A-level exams will remain cancelled this year and have been replaced by grading based on the judgement of teachers.

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Mini-exams may take place in class to better assess students, though they will not be forced by government.

In his press conference on Monday, the Prime Minister said: “All the evidence shows that schools are safe and the risk posed to children by COVID is vanishingly small.”

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