Schools in the United Kingdom will start to reopen on June 1, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a daily briefing on the novel coronavirus Sunday.
“In line with the approach being taken in many other countries, we want to start taking our children back into the classroom, in a way that is as manageable and as safe as possible,” Johnson said. “We said we would begin with early years' settings and reception, year one, and year six in primary schools.”
“We then intend from June 15 for secondary schools to provide some contact for ear 10 and year 12 students to help them to prepare for exams next year, with up to a quarter of these students in at any point," Johnson added.
Johnson went on to say, schools would be provided with guidelines on how to reopen in a way that is safe for students, teachers and parents, which would include:
- Reducing the size of classes
- Staggered breaks and lunch times, as well as drop-offs and pick-ups
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning
- Reducing the use of shared items
- Utilizing outdoor space
“All children and staff and their families will have access to testing, if they display symptoms,” Johnson added.