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Children’s Commissioner Says Schools Should be Top Reopening Priority

England's children's commissioner has waded into the war on what to close next with her red pen and star chart, and has told politicians that the schools ought to be the very last things to shut down again should coronavirus begin to spread anew as autumn kicks in. Read More >>

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Pubs Will Stay Open and Homes are the Target of Wave Two Lockdowns

Another group of spokespeople have mumbled something contradictory through their face masks, today saying that there won't be a pubs/schools coin flip should covid-19 reemerge, but that we're likely to see more localised orders to stay at home and stop mingling with others. Read More >>

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Government Advisor Warns it’s Pubs or Schools Open, But Not Both

The weird future world of rolling hard and soft and full or partial lockdowns looks set to be our new depressing normal, with one government advisor suggesting we may soon have to choose between having the pubs or the schools open within weeks – but not both. Read More >>

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Hundreds of Kids in U.S. State Tested Positive for Coronavirus After Summer Camp

A new case report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds to the growing concern over how safe it will be to reopen schools in the U.S. during the current pandemic. It details an outbreak of Covid-19 at an overnight summer camp in the state of Georgia in June, in which hundreds of children of all ages and teenage staff members ultimately tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Read More >>

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English Parents Face Fines for Keeping Kids off School in September

The usual old regime of parents doing sad faces for local newspapers when fined for keeping their kids off school in term time is about to return, with England's education secretary saying we'll be pretending everything's back to normal by September and sending the children to school whether we like it or not. Read More >>

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Next Year’s School Exams Could be Delayed for Extra Teaching Time

Students who are of age to take their A-levels and GCSEs in England next year could be granted an extra month or two of study time, as plans are afoot to reschedule exam season to start as late as possible to allow a little more teaching time in what's likely to be a part-time start to the school year for many. Read More >>

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MPs Call for Better Broadband and Free Devices for Children of Poorer Families

Children in households without decent internet access are missing out on education and are at risk of falling behind classmates, and the answer could well be emergency legislation to give their families free internet connections and the kids one or two pieces of hardware to do their schoolwork on. Read More >>

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Google’s Drone Delivery Service Now Dropping Library Books to Kids

Book-loving kids in Christiansburg, Virginia USA, are about to get a special delivery to ease the boredom of summer quarantine (and months of being stuck at home). Google will soon start dropping books to kids via its drone delivery service, Wing, according to the Washington Post. Read More >>

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Parents Veto England’s School Reopening Plans

Only a quarter of children eligible to return to school in England last week did so, as parent power – fuelled by the minor worry of death – ruined the government's plan to show that coronavirus who's boss. Read More >>

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Government Starting to Realise its Plan to Get Kids Back in School Next Month is Ridiculous

The government's plan to get young kids back in school from June 1 has gone down about as well as a fart in a perfume store, and now that everyone has been huffing on it for a while, they've decided it's not for them. Read More >>

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Teachers’ Union Says They Can Refuse to Reopen Schools if it’s Deemed a Health Risk

A teaching union is warning the government not to push ahead with an early reopening of the schools, as it says teachers have the right to veto any such decision should they deem working conditions to be unsafe. Read More >>

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Headteachers and Parents Don’t Want the Schools to Reopen Yet

One enterprising headteacher has been around his classroom with a tape measure, and has found that his averagely sized room could only house five children if the two metre social distancing rule was to be applied to schools. He has 25 kids in a class, so can't see a way to reopen for business in any practical form. Read More >>

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Schools Watchdog Wants the Kids Back in ASAP

The head of schooling police Ofsted is a bit worried about the generation of kids currently at home being taught dad things like the proper insertion of rawl plugs and how to win at turnip trading instead of maths, with Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman saying a return to full out-of-house school "as soon as possible" is in the best interests of the children. Read More >>

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Private Schools Could be Asked to Open Their Grounds as Emergency Public Parks

A government advisor is recommending that the rugby and cricket grounds of the nation's private schools are requisitioned and repurposed as public parks, to open up more green space for our exercises and take some of the pressure off the more established parks and outdoor areas. Read More >>

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UK Plans for School Closures if Coronavirus Hits Hard

School closures could be on the way if the coronavirus makes headway in the UK population, although the measure is a last resort – and the ultimate decision to do so may be left to head teachers – as social mixing outside of schools may negate the effect of a lockdown anyway. Read More >>