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Boris Johnson confirms schools will not re-open before 8th March

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that schools will not be able to re-open after the February half term, however they may be able to do so from 8th March.

The announcement was made at the House of Commons at 1:30pm today.

The final decision is set to depend on meeting vaccination targets.

By the end of February, the Government will apparently have more information on whether COVID vaccines block transmission and how the vaccine will reduce hospitalisations and deaths. This will then allow planning for the “gradual and phased” reopening of schools.

Johnson also reiterated Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s promise that schools would get two weeks’ notice.

It would also seem that the lockdown ending is not close in sight. Though Johnson did not confirm as to when such would occur, he noted how schools re-opening would be the “first sign of normality“. This of course suggests that we may not see lockdown being lifted until mid-March.

Labour have argued that the February half term should be used to vaccinate teachers, in order to help schools remain open once they go back.

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