Primary schools ‘to reopen in June’ as part of plans to get UK out of lockdown

Primary schools will reportedly accept students back on June 1, with some older pupils at secondary schools set to return at a later date, under a Government plan to lead the UK out of lockdown.

The UK could allow primary schools in England and Wales to reopen as soon as June 1 under plans being discussed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to a report.

Johnson is reportedly expected to unveil the Government’s “roadmap” out of the coronavirus lockdown in an address to the nation next Sunday.

Under the plan, primary schools would be the first to accept students back, with Year 10 and Year 12 pupils set to follow at a later date, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

These older pupils would only be allowed to return if the move did not increase transmissions to the point of causing a second outbreak, it is claimed.

The Government is keen to get children back in the classroom as soon as possible to reduce the damage to ‘early years development’ and enable parents to return to work.

Today, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Home learning is not easy, particularly when one or both parents are trying to work from home as well.”

The Sunday Times said the government will only tweak the lockdown this week, encouraging building sites to reopen, relaxing rules on outdoor activities and urging people to cover their faces on public transport.

Johnson is due next week to present a possible way out of the lockdown to get the country back to work without triggering another spike in cases.

It comes after the Prime Minister reportedly revealed that doctors were preparing to announce his death as he fought coronavirus.

He said he received ‘litres and litres of oxygen’ to help him fight the deadly virus.

Mr Johnson has now described how a ‘death of Stalin’-style scenario was prepared in case he passed away.

The 55-year-old added that his time in hospital was a ‘tough old moment’ in an interview with the Sun on Sunday.


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