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Absence levels in Island schools spark potential WFH plans

DESC says it would be a 'last resort'

School children could be asked to work from home if absence levels continue to rise.

The Department of Education, Sport and Culture says it would be a 'last resort'.

High levels of student, and staff, absence have been reported this week with the department blaming winter illnesses and Covid-19.

Dr Henrietta Ewart is the director of public health: 

The DESC says it's working closely with schools, and University College Isle of Man, to offer support and assistance with supply teachers.

Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: "We are aware of some schools, particularly secondary schools, struggling more than others and are doing what we can to help.

"If absence levels continue to rise in some these settings then we might be forced to ask agreed year groups to work on set work from home.

"However this would be a last resort."

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