School bubbles will remain in place until the end of the summer term

School bubbles will remain in place until the end of the summer term
School bubbles will remain in place until the end of the summer term
School bubbles will remain in place until the end of the summer term before being scrapped in time for the new academic year in September as Government drops self-isolation for children who are a close contact of a positive case from August 16 Gavin Williamson set out 'freedom day' plans for schools to MPs this afternoon  Education Secretary said school 'bubbles' will remain in place for this term But policy will then be scrapped, replaced with testing, in time for September Pupils who are contacts of positive case no longer have to isolate from August 16

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School 'bubbles' will remain in place until the end of the Summer term but they will then be scrapped and replaced by testing in time for the start of the new academic year in September. 

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the 'guidance on isolation of contacts will stay in place until the end of this term'. 

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But from August 16 all under 18s will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive coronavirus case. 

Responsibility for tracking outbreaks will be transferred away from headteachers, with NHS Test and Trace being handed responsibility for containing outbreaks. 

Pupils contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a contact of a positive case will be required to take a PCR test but they will only have to isolate if they themselves test positive. 

The decision to scrap 'bubbles' comes amid rising alarm at the number of pupils  being sent home.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the 'guidance on isolation of contacts will stay in place until the end of this term'

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the 'guidance on isolation of contacts will stay in place until the end of this term'

The 'bubbles' policy will be replaced by a daily testing regime in time for the start of the next academic year in September

The 'bubbles' policy will be replaced by a daily testing regime in time for the start of the next academic year in September

Current rules state that children have to self-isolate for 10 days if another pupil in their 'bubble' tests positive for coronavirus. 

This has caused entire year groups to be sent home following outbreaks at some schools. 

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Official statistics showed last week that the number of pupils self-isolating at home had quadrupled in two weeks to 375,000.  

Mr Williamson told the House of Commons this afternoon that changes will be made to rules in school as part of Boris Johnson's July 19 'freedom day' plans. 

He said: 'Having balanced the risks, I am

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