We, the undersigned, support the demand that all schools and colleges move immediately to online learning other than for vulnerable children and those of key workers, for a period, from the start of this spring term. This must be done to get virus levels down amongst children and young people and reduce the risk of them spreading the virus to their families.
We note that coronavirus cases were increasing rapidly amongst school pupils and college students towards the end of last term. They had the highest rates of infection of all the age bands.
We also note the increased evidence of infection passing from students to parents and to staff during December.
Not to move to online learning for a period is risking the health of families and risks further chaos for schools and communities as children and staff are sent home to isolate in an unplanned way.
Such a chaotic situation impacts on the most disadvantaged the hardest. We need to put safety and education back on track.
We call on the Government to use this period of online learning to:
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