In response to Government reviewing its Contingency Arrangements so that primary schools in all London boroughs will be closed for the next two weeks, Cllr Georgia Gould, Chair of London Councils and Leader of Camden Council said:
"We welcome the Government’s announcement that, following representations from borough leaders and local MPs, they have reviewed the Contingency Arrangements to the effect that primary schools in all London boroughs will be closed for the next two weeks.
"We know closing schools will have a big impact on children and parents and isn’t a decision anyone makes lightly. It is the right decision given the current rate of infection across London.
"It is essential that for the sake of our children’s education and public health that there is a clear and consistent rationale for the closure and opening of our schools which is based upon public health advice, This transparency is essential to build public confidence in the safety of our education system for children, families and teachers.
"We are asking Government to work openly with us as local leaders on any future decisions and support schools getting back as quickly as possible by continuing to support the rapid rollout of testing in schools, and prioritising school staff for vaccinations.
"London Councils would like to thank all the teachers and school staff who are now working hard to set up remote learning and make sure their schools are safe for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. Their dedication and public service is extraordinary and as councils we will be doing all we can to support them.