Will schools reopen for all pupils on 8 March in England?
22 February 2021, 16:07 | Updated: 23 February 2021, 10:42
When will schools reopen? Are schools going back in March and will they reopen for all pupils? Here's what we know.
Boris Johnson delivered his roadmap out of lockdown on the afternoon of 22 February.
One of the key issues he discussed was the reopening of schools, which he previously said was a priority for the government.
Speaking just over a week ago during a visit today to a vaccine manufacturer, the Prime Minister said: "Our children's education is our number one priority, but then working forward, getting non-essential retail open as well and then, in due course, as and when we can prudently, cautiously, of course we want to be opening hospitality as well.
"I will be trying to set out as much as I possibly can in as much detail as I can, always understanding that we have to be wary of the pattern of disease.
"We don't want to be forced into any kind of retreat or reverse ferret."
Here's what we know about the reopening of schools.
Will schools in England reopen on 8 March?
Schools are due to reopen on 8 March, with after-school sports and activities also allowed to restart at that time.
Boris Johnson said: "All evidence shows classrooms are best places for our young people to do be - schools will be first to reopen.
"I can tell the house that two weeks from today pupils and students in all schools and further education settings can safely return to face-to-face teaching supported by twice weekly testing for secondary school and college pupils.
"Breakfast and after school clubs can reopen, and after school sport can restart."
Will schools be open for all pupils on 8 March?
Schools will reopen for all pupils on 8 March.
What are the rules on face masks in schools?
When they return, secondary school pupils will be advised to wear face masks in classrooms.
It is thought that the advice will only apply to a time-limited period, and will be combined with twice-weekly rapid Covid testing.
The advice comes as part of the government's lockdown roadmap, with official guidance stating: "The government recommends that the use of face coverings in higher education, further education and secondary schools is extended for a limited period to all indoor environments – including classrooms – unless 2m social distancing can be maintained."