Pupils 'face home schooling' after teacher shortages caused by Omicron

Students might be told to go back to work from home as there are fears that Omicron could lead to teacher bottlenecks in the new semester.

Sources have told the mirror many teachers get sick, which could lead to some classes being canceled and moved online.

It was viewed as a last resort as other plans were made by officials, including several classes taught in larger halls.

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It comes because the highly transmissible variant of Omicron is causing record high levels of infection, with England recording an unprecedented 162,572 new cases on Jan. 1.

A source in Whitehall told the Mirror, “We’re just being practical.

“It is very likely that some schools will release teachers from isolation, so we are trying to find out how best to keep the children in schools.

“If all of this is not possible, some cohorts or classes may need to go online, but we hope it literally only takes a few days.”

The Cabinet Office said the disruption caused by Omicron has so far been controlled in “most parts of the public sector”.

However, it is said that public sector executives were asked to test plans against worst-case scenarios of 10%, 20% and 25% of the workforce’s absence rates.

In December, Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi called on former teachers to help with Covid-related staff shortages in the new year.

Meanwhile, senior Conservative backbencher Rob Halfon expressed concern that new rules on face masks in schools could harm teenagers’ mental health.

The government announced on Saturday that masks for secondary school students will temporarily return to England’s classrooms this semester.

The Chair of the Commons Special Committee on Education said, “My great concern is that you will have to weigh the risks of Covid, which thank God are minimal, for children – and … we teachers and support staff have vaccinated, many will also have the booster vaccination received – so you have to weigh that on one side of the scale against the risks to the mental health and well-being of the children. “

It came when Health Minister Ed Argar insisted today that the latest Covid data contains “nothing new” that could lead to new restrictions.

“We need cool, calm heads,” said Mr Argar. “We have to look at the data and do everything we can to avoid restrictions.

“Restrictions or curbs must be the absolute last resort. At the moment I don’t see anything in the data that I have in the immediate situation that suggests the need for further restrictions. But these dates change from day to day.

“I, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, look at this data every day. And we keep a close eye on it. “

The government insisted that the extra precautions would help the students keep studying.

Halfon said the risks of Covid-19 need to be weighed against the risks to child welfare.

He made the comments when the government announced that masks for secondary school students will temporarily return to England’s classrooms this semester.

Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, said he would rather wear masks in classrooms than children outside of school.

“I think when it comes to schools, if there is a choice between masks in schools or a massive absence of children, we obviously want the students to stick with their studies. That has to be the priority, ”he told Sky News.

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