Lewes councillor calls for East Sussex schools to be closed

A Lewes councillor has backed calls to close schools in East Sussex and move learning online.

Sunday, 3rd January 2021, 1:29 pm
Updated Sunday, 3rd January 2021, 4:26 pm

Green Party councillor Johnny Denis said he supported teachers’ calls as Green-led Brighton & Hove City Council advised primary schools to move to remote learning until Monday January 18.

He said: “It is right that schools should only reopen when it is safe to do so and that cannot be the case with new-variant Covid spreading out of control.

“Gavin Williamson needs to change his position on the reopening of primary schools urgently, I have written to the Leader of East Sussex County Council Keith Glazier to urge him to advise primary schools to close and move to online learning, like Brighton and Hove have done”

Johnny Denis

Mr Denis said with children of his own at school and college he recognised it is an ‘extremely difficult time’ for parents, teachers and children and young people.

He added: “Whilst government must listen carefully to the experts and trust teachers when they say it is not safe, we also need our County Council to support parents and teachers.”

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: “We’re continuing to work carefully with schools across East Sussex to help them be ready to re-open to pupils in line with the Department for Education’s timetable.

“This includes supporting schools to put every possible safety measure in place when they re-open and supporting online learning where schools are using it.”