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Government must let schools go online to rescue Christmas, says UNISON

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Government must let schools go online to rescue Christmas, says @unisontheunion

School support staff are urging ministers to let education leaders move all lessons online from next month, says UNISON. 

The union says a switch to online teaching from December 10 – two weeks before the end of term – would cut the risk of families being forced to self-isolate on Christmas Day.

Schools, in partnership with local authorities, should also be free to introduce a mix of classroom and home-based learning immediately.

This would keep pupils and staff safe – especially in towns and cities with high infection rates like Hull – by limiting the number of children in school at any one time, says UNISON.

UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Schools in Covid-hit areas are struggling to stay open. High numbers of children and staff are sick or self-isolating – and it’s only going to get worse.   

“Schools and local authorities know what is best for pupils, staff and the wider community. Government officials must step back and let education leaders make their own decisions.  

“Measures such as increased social distancing and virtual learning are vital in the run up to the festive season. It’s the only way to stop infections spiralling out of control and to save Christmas. 

“Parents must be supported by employers so children can learn from home properly. The government must ensure fundin is available for laptops and other home-learning kit so disadvantaged children don’t lose out.”


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