SCHOOLS are planning to go part time if the coronavirus testing shambles continues, it’s reported.
Head teachers warned Boris Johnson’s government unless it fixes the testing chaos a pupil rota system will be brought in, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Under the plan, students would be taught for two weeks on and then two weeks off.
It comes after The Sun revealed a staggering 740 schools have been forced to send kids home because of the Covid-19 testing mess, teachers have warned.
Tens of thousands of children across England are stuck in their bedrooms self-isolating because of the dire shortage of swabs.
Education leaders are demanding Downing Street take action.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) warned the system is “unravelling”.
He told the Telegraph: “I think we will start to see rota systems bought in because there are people waiting for tests and you simply can’t cover all the classes.
“Schools will worry about whether in fact the only way to ensure you have sufficient teachers is to move to a rota.
“I am not trying to scaremonger, but this does appear to be unravelling.”
It comes as almost 4,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the biggest 24-hour jump in more than 18 weeks.
I think we will start to see rota systems bought in because there are people waiting for tests and you simply can’t cover all the classes.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)
A further 3,991 cases were recorded overnight in the biggest rise since May 8 – as health chiefs battle to curb the surge in infections.
And with cases rocketing, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Headteachers, said testing delays are “intolerable”.
He said: “We have examples coming in on individuals and groups of children being sat at home for extended periods of time waiting for a test.
“You would be playing with ideas of different sized bubbles, you would be considering rota systems which are not completely desirable.
“The Government has been avoiding conversations about the ‘what ifs’ but very quickly the ‘what ifs’ are coming to pass.”
Furious headteachers warned youngsters are being plunged into a second “lockdown by default” because of the crisis.
They have written to Boris Johnson to demand he personally sort out the mess.
School leaders expressed “mounting concern” and said 96 per cent of schools were having problems in accessing testing for teachers and pupils.
While frantic parents say they have been unable to get a test for their offspring, despite spending all day refreshing the website.
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Steve Chalke, head of the Oasis Academies Trust chain, said he has been told 740 schools in England have been shut or sent kids home because of suspected Covid outbreaks – around three per cent of the total.
In some schools this includes several year groups being banished from the classroom.
Some 110 schools in Greater Manchester alone have sent pupils home.