Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote an open letter to parents as they continue to attend school.
Earlier this week it was announced that the children would not go back to school before March 8th.
The schools remain open to children of key workers and vulnerable children.
However, students who are currently home schooled and tutored in virtual classrooms will not return until a few weeks past the half semester.
On Friday morning (January 29) the Prime Minister made a virtual visit to St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School this morning and spoke to a 6th grade class.
He tweeted from Downing Street Account # 10: “It was the highlight of my day practically dropping by 6th grade at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Upminster. I am impressed with the way teachers, parents and teachers Guardians and caregivers have faced the unique challenges of the pandemic and I just can’t thank you enough.
Boris Johnson’s open letter reads:
“While the past 12 months have been tough for all of us, the demands of this pandemic have brought out the best in a great many people as well.
“And I am particularly impressed with the way children’s parents, caregivers and guardians have addressed the unique challenges they have faced.
“Whether you’ve welcomed a baby into the world without all of the usual support networks, found new ways to entertain a troubled five-year-old when the soft play center is closed and game dates are just a distant memory, or steer a teen through the emotional stresses of those unprecedented times you have been given the most difficult hand you have played great so far.
“This is especially true of the way millions of you have coped with the pressures of home schooling while completing your daily chores – and of course all of the other demands little people have from breakfast to bed. Yesterday had.” I have the pleasure of joining a virtual lesson with a 6th grade class, and while their teacher did a fantastic job it was also clear how much trouble the mothers and fathers at home were also putting in.
“We’re doing everything we can to help you. 876,000 laptops have been sent to schools to ensure all children have access to online classes. We are already committed to providing free school meals to everyone who needs them while they are children.” are home, and when all of this is over we will be putting hundreds of millions of pounds into national catch-up programs so that no one is left behind.
“In the meantime, I want you to know that you are doing a great job. You are doing great for your own children, and you are doing great for the whole country too. Because when you stay home you are an important part of you.” buy time for our army of vaccines to protect the vulnerable. They pave the way back to normal and literally save lives. And I can’t thank you enough for that. “