Plans outlined for Luton children returning to school in New Year

Plans have been outlined for Luton children returing to school after yesterday's (Wednesday) announcement the borough will remain in Tier 4 restrictions.

By Stewart Carr
Thursday, 31st December 2020, 4:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st December 2020, 4:12 pm

Decisions about the return of children to school in 2021 are made nationally by the Department for Education. All schools will be in contact with parents regarding their specific plans.

> Monday, January 4: Primary school children in the town will begin the new term. Secondary schools and colleges will provide remote education for those in exam years. Vulnerable children and those of critical workers will attend school as normal. Secondary schools will be preparing to undertake testing of students and teachers to allow for the return to face to face teaching.

> Monday, January 11: Secondary school and college students in their exam year will start face to face education .

Luton town centre

> Monday, January 18: All secondary school and college students to resume face to face education.

Parents of primary school children are being strongly encouraged to have their children tested at one of the three rapid testing centres in Luton before the start of term, wherever possible. Rapid testing centres may ask for proof of where you live, work or study in Luton during walk in sessions.

Bookings are not required and residents can simply walk in to the rapid testing centres, which are open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week:

Lewsey Community Centre, Landrace Road, LU4 0SW

Farley Community Centre, Delphine Close, LU1 5RE

Luton Central Library, St George’s Square

The testing centres are safe and social distancing measures are in place at all times.

The test takes less than 15 minutes to self- administer and you will get your result within 45 minutes by text or email.

The centres will be closed on New Year’s Day.