CHILDREN are set to return to school on Monday following the Christmas break.
But a rise in coronavirus cases and fears over further spreading Covid has led to some staying shut for the time being.
A large number of primary schools in the southeast of England and London will remain closed in a bid to combat the latest outbreak from the new Covid strain.
It comes as SAGE scientists have warned that children between the ages of 12 and 16 are seven times more likely to spread coronavirus, compared to their other household members.
And teachers union NAHT could take legal action against the Department of for Education over not shutting all schools.
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