Schools reopening on March 8: Boris outlines hopes for children to return classroom

Boris Johnson outlines plans to ‘reopen schools in March’

Boris Johnson announced that reopening schools remained a top priority for the Government during the coronavirus pandemic. During his speech to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister noted that this would not be possible at the end of the February half-term. He admitted he was aware of how frustrating this news would come to teachers, parents and teachers and outlined the Government’s plan to get children back in schools. 

He said that if the UK remains on target with its vaccine programme the Government hopes that schools can reopen after the 8th of March. 

He said: “Our plan for leaving the lockdown will set out our approach to reopening schools.

“If we achieve our target of vaccinating everyone in the four most at-risk groups with the first dose of the vaccine by the 15th of February and every passing day sees more progress towards that goal.

“If we achieve that then those groups that have developed immunity from the virus about three weeks later, the 8th of March, we hope it will therefore be safe to begin reopening schools from Monday 8th of March.

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“Other economic and social restrictions being removed then thereafter as of when the data permits.”

The Prime Minister added that the Government would be extending some of its support mechanisms as a result.

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