The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr. Boris Johnson has announced he intends to push ahead with the phased reopening of primary schools in England starting from Monday.
The Prime Minister told the daily Downing Street coronavirus press conference that reception, year one and year six pupils will be the first to return to classrooms.
Nurseries and other early years settings will also reopen on Monday while secondary schools will welcome back some year 10 and year 12 students from June 15.
Johnson set out his strategy for the further loosening of lockdown rules, saying it’s now possible after the Government’s five tests on avoiding a second wave of the disease were met.
He said the R rate of transmission of coronavirus remained below the key figure of one – currently standing between 0.7 and 0.9 – and that meant ‘limited and cautious’ changes were possible.
He said: ‘The result is we can move forward with adjusting the lockdown in England on Monday.
‘First, as I set out on Sunday, we will now reopen schools to more children. Closing schools has deprived children of their education and as so often it is the most disadvantaged pupils who risk being hardest hit.
‘On Monday we will start to put this right in a safe way by reopening nurseries and other early years settings and reception, year one and year six in primary schools.
‘A fortnight later on June 15 secondary schools will begin to provide some face-to-face contact time with years 10 and 12.’