GAVIN WILLIAMSON: We can’t leave it all up to schools… parents must help out in the battle against Covid fourth wave
It is important not to get too carried away with these new freedoms and throw caution to the wind, writes Gavin Williamson
This autumn we will be closer to the normality we have all been craving. At long last, we will see children once more free to chase a football around, sing in a choir or just hang out with friends. I am absolutely delighted.
After all, children and their parents have had to put up with so much disruption over the past 18 months.
It is important not to get too carried away with these new freedoms and throw caution to the wind.
The fact that we are in the happy position we are now is because everyone has worked hard to follow the national guidelines. We still need to do so.
School communities still need to follow Covid precautions, especially regular testing for pupils, families and staff. But it is not just a matter for schools.
Parents too have a responsibility to make sure that their children are tested regularly.
I know that there are many things people would rather be doing than testing but it’s really important to make time for it.
The last thing we want is for schools to partially close again, or for whole classes of pupils to be at home self-isolating. That should only ever be the last resort.
School communities still need to follow Covid precautions, especially regular testing for pupils, families and staff
We have proportionate measures in place to deal with clusters of cases where they arise – but we need to do everything we can to avoid the levels of disruption we saw last year as a result of the pandemic.
We’ll also be working closely with local authorities to make sure everyone who should be in school is actually there. A new team of advisers will be working with authorities to help improve attendance.
The pandemic has asked all of us, in every age group, to make sacrifices. Some of these have been easier to endure than others.
By making a small effort to test regularly and keeping to the hygiene guidelines, we will all get back to doing the things we love and ensure that we can stay in our schools and colleges.
The last thing we want is for schools to partially close again, or for whole classes of pupils to be at home self-isolating
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