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Update on school openings in Cumbria under Tier 4

Primary schools will open as normal across Cumbria from Monday.

The Government said there would be a few areas where primary schools will be closed for face-to-face learning due to high levels of infection.

But, Cumbria County Council said the county is not one of them and all primary schools in the county should plan to open as per the normal start date.

All secondary schools and further education colleges have been advised by Government to do the following:

Week commencing January 4 – online learning for all, apart from vulnerable and key worker children.

Week to be spent preparing for testing.

Some schools may be ready to begin testing with children returning home after their tests, regardless of the outcome.

Week commencing January 11 – as above, but exam years now return for face to face learning. Testing continues.

Week commencing January 18  – all pupils from all year groups return. Testing continues.

Furness College principal and chief executive Professor Andrew Wren said: “Our plan is to ensure that teaching and learning for all students will continue from Tuesday January 5.

“The majority will recommence online but we will hold exams on site for those students who were due to take them.

“Our priority is staff and student safety and we are now preparing for an ongoing programme of rapid testing, offered across our campuses, from January 6.

“We hope that as well as keeping our college COVID-secure, taking part in this will help the wider community of Furness by breaking the community transmission.”