Lincolnshire County Council advises schools to stay open if it is safe to do so
Lincolnshire County Council is advising schools to stay open if it is safe to do so.
The advice from the council's executive member for children's services Coun Patricia Bradwell (Con) comes amid a mounting dispute between unions and the Department for Education over whether schools should remain open in the face of rising coronavirus cases.
Coun Bradwell said: "We are aware of the national dispute between the school unions and the DfE over whether schools should remain open during this time when the new Covid variant is escalating transmissions of the virus. School infection figures in Lincolnshire are well below the national average at around 1 per cent and we want schools, where it is safe and risk assessed, to keep open for face to face teaching. It's better for children's education that they are in school if possible.
"We understand this might be difficult for some schools and where this is not possible – some schools for example won't have enough staff available due to shielding for COVID-19 reasons - remote teaching will be put in place. We are continuing to support schools with health and safety advice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children and staff."