Source: Mayor of London
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“No one wants our children’s education to be disrupted by school closures. But with the rate of infection now dangerously high in London and hospitals battling with a surge in coronavirus cases, it is the right decision to delay the reopening of London’s schools for in-person learning in the worst-hit areas, with the exception of vulnerable children and the children of key workers. We know that before Christmas secondary school-aged students had the highest rates of the virus and were passing it onto their families, and this move is critical to help slow the spread.
“However, it seems council leaders, headteachers and governing bodies were not consulted by the government about this decision and it will be very confusing for parents that some primaries will be open, but others just down the road won’t. I am urgently seeking clarification as to why schools in some London boroughs have been chosen to stay open.
“The Government now urgently needs to provide more resources to support online learning and ensure students are not further disadvantaged by lack of access to equipment or the internet. Ministers must also use the coming weeks wisely and finally roll out mass testing in schools to ensure staff and students are able to return to a safe environment which does not put them or their families in harm’s way.”