The Prime Minister has concluded that schools are indeed expected to reopen on 1 June, despite multiple parties stating otherwise. Schools in England have been given the green-light to resume with the schooling programme as part of the lift on lockdown extremes.
The Prime Minister detailed the easing of the schooling schedule as part of his plans to reconfigure society out of lockdown measures. Mr Johnson continued to explain what is expected to happen during this time, considering the high risks that may occur if not carried through with precaution.
The scheduled plan Mr Johnson is set to put into motion, consists of reintroducing reception to year 6 pupils back into the educational regime, then by 15 June it is expected that about a quarter of year 10 to 12 students be granted limited contact to prepare for their exams.
“Reducing the size of classes and keeping children in small groups without mixing with others, staggered break and lunch times as well as drop offs and pick-ups, increasing the frequency of cleaning, reducing the use of shared items and utilizing outdoor space” said Mr Johnson.
These make up a portion of the regulations which will be expected to keep the students, teachers and third parties at little to no risk of infection, and to ultimately allow society to progress into the next phase of the easing lockdown measures.
There are some individuals who remain apprehensive about the plans to reopen schools however Mr Johnson reassured them that the government will be taken extra precaution to confirm the safety of all returning to the schooling environment.