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Islington council calls on schools to close from Tuesday

Islington schools set to remain shut until January 11

14 December, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

ISLINGTON schools have been asked to close from the end of tomorrow (Tuesday) after a rise in Covid-19 cases across London.

The town hall issued the call to school leaders today (Monday) after Greenwich council made the same decision over the weekend.

The council and the Department for Education (DfE) has come under fire in the past few weeks with the National Education Union (NEU) accusing them of a “worryingly complacent” attitude towards the spread of the virus in schools.

It is understood that recently several schools have been forced to close because the number of teachers and students who are having to isolate has lead unmanageable staff shortages.

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “There is a serious and very worrying rise in coronavirus across London, with cases doubling every few days. We must all take action now to stop this deadly disease spreading serious illness and death to the people we love.

“Following public health advice, we are advising that schools close from the end of Tuesday and move to online learning, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

“This is a very difficult decision – however the public health situation in Islington and London is so serious that we have to do everything we can to stop this deadly virus spreading in our community and across London.”

Free School Meal-eligible children will receive additional vouchers to cover the extra days outside of school.

Schools have also been advised to remain closed after the Christmas break and continue online learning until January 11.

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