Greenwich Council leader Dan Thorpe has requested that Greenwich borough schools close from the end of tomorrow (Monday 14th December).
Online learning is being established for remaining days before the end of term.
Covid cases in the borough have risen sharply over the past week in Greenwich borough with a weekly growth rate of 50 per cent. Lewisham’s growth rate has also increased substantially in recent days following a spike in Bexley borough.
Schools will remain open for key workers and vulnerable children. 8,000 food packages are being created to assist children.
The leader of the opposition in Greenwich Council, Cllr Nigel Fletcher has stated:
“The situation in London is becoming increasingly serious, and I’m having discussions with colleagues across other Boroughs and with local Greenwich colleagues about the response. It’s important we take the right action in as coordinated a way as we can.”
Parents are unsure if nurseries are included. In addition, some schools are academies and not under direct council control, though it is believed pressure is being applied for them to close.
UPDATE: The Ark Greenwich Free School on Shooters Hill is remaining open. In a letter the head teacher states “I will of course continue to monitor the situation closely, however until I am instructed to close by the Government Department for Education (DfE) and/or Public Health England (PHE) our school will remain open to all scholars as normal.”
Hospitalisations across London are rising alongside new cases, with fears that children in schools will contract Covid which then spreads to older relatives during the festive period.
We await news on other schools outside council control.
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