Prime Minister announces when schools in England will reopen


Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he hopes schools in England can reopen from Monday, March 8.

In an announcement in the House of Commons on Wednesday, he said the hope of reopening immediately after half-term would not be possible.

But he said he hoped there would be enough immunity from the vaccination project to reopen schools from March 8.

Boris Johnson told the Commons: “The first sign of normality beginning to return should be pupils going back to their classrooms. I know how parents and teachers need as much certainty as possible including two weeks’ notice of the return of face-to-face teaching.

“So I must inform the House that for the reasons I have outlined it will not be possible to reopen schools immediately after the February half-term. But I know how frustrating that will be for pupils and teachers who want nothing more than to get back to the classroom.

“And for parents and for carers who spent so many months juggling their day jobs, not only with home schooling but meeting the myriad other demands of their children from breakfast until bedtime.”

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Mr Johnson told MPs: “I know the measures I am setting out today will be deeply frustrating to many honourable friends and colleagues, and disappointing for all of us.

“But the way forward has been clear ever since the vaccines arrived and as we inoculate more people hour by hour, this is the time to hold our nerve in the end game of the battle against the virus.

“Our goal now must be to buy the extra weeks we need to immunise the most vulnerable and get this virus under control so that together we can defeat this most wretched disease, reclaim our lives once and for all.”

He said the roadmap for leaving lockdown, which will include the plan to reopen schools, will be published in the week of February 22.

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