Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed tonight that England is to enter into a month-long national lockdown in a bid to curb rising coronavirus case numbers.
The lockdown will see public hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants close across the country, and people asked to ‘stay at home’ wherever possible, except for exercise, and essential purposes.
Will schools and universities have to once again move to remote learning? Here’s all you need to know.
Will schools close again in the national lockdown?
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Schools will be able to remain open during the lockdown in England, which will end in early December.
Schools will have to ensure that strict Covid-19 safety measures are in place.
This could include:
- Staggered class times
- Classes or years being in bubbles
- Rotations (one week, one year group comes in while the other has remote learning, then the next week they swap)
- Students remaining in one room and then teachers being the ones to move between classrooms
- One-way system for walking around the school
- Mandatory face masks in hallways
- Students eat in their classroom or outside instead of in a cafeteria
- Arranging classrooms with forward-facing desks
The safety measures vary from school to school, so make sure you contact your one to find out the rules ahead of time.
In the first national lockdown, all schools were closed (except to children of key workers) meaning that students had to learn remotely, through video calls and online learning tools.
The lockdown will not affect schools in Northern Ireland, Wales, or Scotland as these countries implement their own coronavirus restrictions independently.
Will universities close in England?
Universities will be allowed to stay open.
In the first lockdown, students had to learn remotely, through video calls and online learning tools.
However this time, in-person lectures, lab sessions, and seminars will be able to continue.
Your university may choose to implement some Covid-19 safety measures.
This could include:
- Mandatory face masks in classes and when walking in hallways
- One-way system around university buildings
- Closures for societies and sports clubs
- Some remote learning, such as pre-recorded lectures
- Library closures, or limited capacity
- Other building closures including meeting rooms and on-campus hospitality venues
- Events cancellations
Each university will have its own rules, so it is important that you contact your university to find out what measures are in place.
It has yet to be announced whether or not university students will be allowed to go home for Christmas.
The lockdown will not affect universities in Northern Ireland, Wales, or Scotland as these countries implement their own coronavirus restrictions independently.
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