South Oxfordshire Green councillors have written to Cllr Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Cabinet Member for Education & Cultural Services at Oxfordshire County Council, to request that she and the leader, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, follow Brighton and Hove Council in writing to all primary schools in Oxfordshire advising them to start term with remote learning and keep the school buildings closed to all but the children of essential workers and the most vulnerable until at least 18th January. This will keep teachers and other staff as safe as possible as this new Covid variant spreads so quickly. It will also protect the hospitals and hopefully will enable them to begin to treat all those people who are ill in other ways than Covid and urgently need healthcare.
The Green group also requested information on how many laptops from the Department of Education have been given to children who need them and how many children in Oxfordshire are still waiting for one, and further, how the County Council is ensuring families without access to broadband can get it urgently.
Greens are extremely concerned that schools opening to all pupils on site in South Oxfordshire will make the spread of Covid so much worse, badly affecting the welfare and prosperity of people who live in the District.