SOME secondary school kids will get an extra week at home in January while mass testing is rolled out, Gavin Williamson will say today.
In effect the Christmas holidays will continue for millions of children, with older students told to study at home and online instead.
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Primary school kids, key workers' children, or key exam year kids will go back as usual on their first day back, The Sun understands.
And they will have a test when they go back to make sure they have not picked anything up from their Christmas bubbles.
Other kids in secondary schools will get an allotted time to go in that week and get a Covid test, but will not come in full time until the following week.
Online learning is expected for those kids instead.
The Education Secretary is set to give a full statement on the latest information this afternoon – before MPs break up for Christmas.
It comes after a huge row between schools in London and the Department for Eduation this week.
Schools in Greenwich, Islington and Waltham Forest wanted to close early over spiraling cases – but the DFE told them to remain open.
Last week Matt Hancock announced that thousands more pupils would get access to tests – whether they had Covid symptoms or not.
Government ministers are concerned about the spike in cases for kids ages 11 to 18.
The Sun then revealed that mass testing would be offered to kids at all schools in the coming weeks, to crack down on the spread.
Schools in Wales have already closed early for the Christmas break,
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