Schools ‘could bring back bubbles to control Covid outbreaks in class’ despite system being scrapped in August
The Sun says: It comes as latest figures show that 641,200 pupils are off school this week in England as a result of Covid.
Around 8.5 per cent of state school pupils did not attend class for Covid-19-related reasons on July 1.
Despite the soaring statistics, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced earlier today that school bubbles will be scrapped from August 16.
This would mean that whole classes or year groups will not have to be sent home to isolate for ten days each time a pupil tests positive.
But now, guidance published by the Department of Education tonight says that schools “may wish” to continue with bubbles until the end of the summer term.
They say it “may become necessary to reintroduce bubbles” if there are Covid outbreaks in schools.
They added that teachers should make decisions about bubbles using their “reasonable judgment”.
Earlier today Mr Williamson told the Commons: “Keeping children in consistent groups was essential to control the spread of the virus when our population was less vaccinated.
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