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First day back at school has ‘gone well’, say heads

The first day back at school for millions of children in England has “gone well”, say head teachers.

They  are reporting high levels of take-up of Covid tests and compliance with  new rules on wearing masks in secondary school classrooms.

Primary schools have opened in full, but most secondary schools are phasing a return to allow time for Covid tests.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it as a “big day and an emotional day” for families.

At  a Downing Street press conference he thanked parents for teaching their  children at home: “We all know that the burden has disproportionately  fallen on women – often holding down jobs and providing childcare at the  same time.”

The latest coronavirus figures for the UK show:

  •  A decline in the number testing positive, with a daily figure of 4,712, and over the past seven days 41,225 – down by 26%
  •  For deaths within 28 days of a positive test, the daily figure is 65 and 1,441 in the past seven days – down by 34%
  •  There were 688 patients admitted to hospital, 5,416 over the past seven days – down by 30%
  •  22,377,255 people have been vaccinated with a first dose.

After  more than two months of studying at home, pupils have gone back to the  classroom – and an instant survey from the ASCL head teachers’ union  suggests attendance levels are “good” and Covid testing is going ahead  as planned.

Source – BBC News

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