Lily Allen has waded into the school closure debate after it was confirmed by Michael Gove that only primary schools and years 11 and 13 will return to school on January 4 after a recent surge in coronavirus cases. The It’s Not Fair hitmaker took to Twitter and addressed the Government’s decision as she explained children will be spending much of the New Year in isolation.
The 35-year-old reacted to the news as she took to the micro-blogging and posed a question in view of her 5.3 million followers.
Lily shares nine-year-old Ethel and seven-year-old Marnie, with ex-husband Sam Cooper.
The singer penned: “Where do we stand on schools reopening please?
“If the last few weeks of the last term were anything to go by, kids will be spending much of 2021 self-isolating.”
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Many social media users flocked to comment on Lily’s post, with some people suggesting that schools should stay open while others admitted they would prefer them to be closed at present.
The singer posted a follow-up response after a social media user said in a now-deleted tweet that children should be in school.
Lily wrote: “I agree, but if one kid in the year gets it (or parent or sibling) then rest of the year has to self isolate for 10 (or is it 14?) days.
“My daughter spent 20 days of December in isolation. What’s better for small kids, no school, or no fresh air?”
A fourth person added: “The problem is, how do kids stay at home when parents are at work? It’s not feasible for the majority of people.”
Lily’s comments come after Cabinet minister Michael Gove announced plans to stagger children’s return to school in January as part of their coronavirus strategy.
Mr Gove said: “Our plan is that primary schools will go back.
“But with secondary schools, it will be the case that next week only children in Year 11 and Year 13, that’s those who are doing their GCSEs, their BTECs, their A-levels, will go back.