CHILDREN returned to school in September after months of learning from home during lockdown.
But with the new tierd lockdown system desperately trying to stave off disastrous consequences of a second wave, will schools close again?
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Will schools close again?
It's unlikely as the Government has vowed to do everything it can to keep schools open.
And the current rules carve out an exemption on the six-person restriction for schools.
The tiered lockdown system does notinclude schools, either.
From October 16, schools in Northern Ireland will close as part of a four-week circuit breaker lockdown.
However there is no indication these measures will be taken throughout the rest of the UK – in Scotland during their mini-lockdown schools will remain oopen.
What has the Government said?
The Government has said the new Rule of Six have been brought in to make it easier to tell when people are breaking social distancing rules.
Previously, guidance told people not to meet in groups of more than six, but the legal limit was 30.
The new restrictions make it easier for police to enforce social distancing rules in parks, indoor places, pubs and restaurants.
Mr Hancock said: "The feedback from police was that we needed the rules to be super simple, so everybody knows what they are.
"You can't gather in a group of more than six.
"This will now be rigorously enforced by the police."
People who break the rules can get a fine of £100, going up to £3,200 for repeat offences.
What are the current rules in schools?
Masks will need to be worn by teachers in local lockdown areas.
School pupils at secondary schools in England will also have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas
Schools have been ordered to put all year groups in "protective bubbles" to minimise contact and lessen the chance of transmission.
It will involve staggered start and end times to minimise contact with other classes.
Classes will also have different lunch and break times and kids will have to regularly wash their hands.
They are also advised to look at bringing in a one-way system in corridors, or putting a divider in the middle to control the flow of kids.
What happens if there's a coronavirus outbreak in school?
If there is a another coronavirus outbreak, the Government has said it will do everything it can to keep schools open.
Boris Johnson said kids' "life chances" were under threat if they spend more time out of class.
That might mean the Government has to close other businesses in order to protect children's education.
Closing schools has been seen by some officials as a mistake and it would be an absolute last resort for ministers to do it again.
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