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Timeline mapped for phased reopening of schools

Education department clarifies plans

Plans are in place for schools to reopen after the Easter holidays if coronavirus cases continue to decline.

The education department has clarified its stance following a number proposed dates released, for a staggered reopening of the Island's educational facilities.

All schools closed on Wednesday, 3 March as the Isle of Man entered its third lockdown.

Government currently hopes to lift some restrictions on Tuesday, 6 April.

It's with the aim to open all schools and University College Isle of Man a week later, on 12 April.

Both of those proposals are subject to approval from Public Health.

From Tuesday, 13 April a phased return is planned, starting with vulnerable children and children of essential workers.

There will also be priority given to people in years 11 and 13 who 'need to complete important work after all summer exams were cancelled earlier this month'.

Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson says ‘the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff is our main priority and any decision to welcome them back will follow the latest health data and clinical advice.’

Government says it's working closely with headteachers to develop safeguarding strategies for returning pupils and staff and remote learning will continue to be provided until schools reopen.

A further update is expected next week.

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