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Not all secondary schools in Warwickshire will fully reopen on March 8

Not all secondary schools in Warwickshire will fully reopen on March
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There is a ‘flexible’ approach being adopted by education bosses

Pupil Covid-19 testing means Warwickshire secondary schools are not set to fully reopen on March 8.

The government has said that schools should return on March 8 but, as secondary school pupils will be expected to have Covid-19 tests, Warwickshire County Council has warned they may not all fully reopen on that date.

Under new rules, all secondary school age pupils need to be tested three times to ensure they can go back to the classroom safely.

A Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said that there will be some ‘flexibility’ in the timing of the return of pupils but schools will be working quickly to get the tests undertaken.

“Before all secondary school age pupils return to the classroom on a full-time basis, they will be tested three times to ensure that they can return to school safely,” the Shire Hall spokesperson said.

“This may take a few days in some schools and full-time education will resume as soon as these tests have been completed and they have negative test results.

“This may mean that there will need to be some flexibility in the timing of the return of pupils but schools will be working at pace from Monday 8 March to ensure that testing is carried out quickly.

“Remote learning provision will continue as required until the testing has been carried out and secondary aged pupils can safely return to learning in school.”

Re-opening schools forms the first part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s four step roadmap out of lockdown.

After each step, the government will look at the data to ensure moving onto the next one is the right thing to do – and this will be defined by four crucial tests.

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