All primary schools in London will remain closed next week, when the new term was originally scheduled to begin, in light of the rising infection rates of the CCP virus, the British government announced on Friday.
“Children’s education and wellbeing remains a national priority. Moving further parts of London to remote education really is a last resort and a temporary solution,” Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said.
“As infection rates rise across the country, and particularly in London, we must make this move to protect our country and the NHS [National Health Service]. We will continue to keep the list of local authorities under review, and reopen classrooms as soon as we possibly can,” he said.
Though most English primary schools will reopen on Jan. 4 as planned, he said school reopening will be delayed until at least Jan. 18 in some tier four areas, where the infection rates are highest, which included some but not all London boroughs.
But the government said on Friday it had added all remaining London boroughs to the list “in light of Covid case rates rising rapidly across the capital and ongoing engagement with London leaders and the evidence submitted.”