Despite their determination to re-open places of education, the Government are being urged to keep Schools, Colleges and Universities closed, due to concern about the new COVID strains.

At the moment, plans are in place to return Year 11 and Year 13 students next week. Other students will return the week after.

Despite most Universities moving to online learning, there is a travel window for students to travel back. A designated time is provided by each HE provider.

Scientists from SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) expressed their concerns about students returning, last week. They said the new strain of coronavirus is more infectious and spreading quicker.

Labour Education MPs Kate Green and Wes Streeting have written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson:

They’ve asked for the SAGE advice to be published. They’ve also asked for clarification on mass testing and vaccinations for staff.

Kate Green states “The government cannot continue to hide from reality and must urgently publish the scientific advice on the return of schools.”

Their full letter can be read here.

Many people on Twitter are discussing this under the hashtag #CloseSchoolsNOW:

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