Blazers and ties could be ditched when pupils return to school

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Blazers and ties could be ditched when pupils return to school

School blazers and ties could be banned in September in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Many schools in England are not expected to return until after the long summer holidays ad there are doubts that some will reopen for some time afterwards.

Ministers admitted during interviews last week how the government were looking at drawing up “contingency plans” relating to the return of schools, reports MirrorOnline.

When schools do eventually return, there could be changes to keep pupils and teachers are kept safe and block a second wave of coronavirus.

This could see uniform rules ditched because parents could struggle to make sure items were washed after every use.

There are calls for plain clothes to be worn instead to help slow the spread of Covid-19 and keep costs down for parents.

The chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Independent Education, Conservative MP Andrew Lewer, told The Daily Telegraph: “Covid-19 has already gravely disrupted the schooling of children right across the country.

“The last thing we want to see is it now striking at one of the great traditions of British schools, distinctive uniforms worn with pride by pupils at 90 per cent of our schools.

“As health experts such as Professor Linda Bauld have pointed out, the coronavirus risk from a school blazer or tie is minimal,” he said.

The NHS website states: “Clothes should be washed at 60C (140F) or at 40C (104F) with a bleach-based laundry product.”

Coronavirus can live on surfaces like clothing or towels for up to 72 hours.

A bill is currently progressing through parliament to change school uniforms, which could also see tops with school badges also removed.

It calls for pupils to wear only unbranded clothing such as plain white shirts and grey trousers or skirts to keep costs down.

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