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By Europe correspondent Isabella Higgins
Errol Comrie is determined that the pandemic will not prevent any of his students from taking exams and âhaving a chance in life,â but it all depends on whether they pass another test they cannot study for.
In the UK, all senior students are required to take two COVID-19 tests per week if they wish to come to class in person. But it is a small price to pay to keep the school open, Mr Comrie, director of City Heights Academy in London, told the ABC.
“We need our kids at school. It’s good to say ‘educate them at home’, but for some of our kids they just don’t have room for it,” he said. -he declares.
More than half of City Heights Academy students rely on free school meals.
âLast year we were busy figuring out how to provide food to our families who needed it,â Mr. Comrie said.
The boroughs around City Heights Academy had some of the highest levels of COVID-19 infection in the capital.
The South London school needs to deal with outbreaks to ensure their doors stay open, so they keep age groups in “bubbles” to minimize the spread, and some students choose to wear masks.
They also turned their gym into a mass testing center on the first day of the term to show students how to do the tests correctly. They are now expected to do the tests themselves at home.
âIt’s really normal and I feel safe because everyone has tested negative,â Cecilia Santos, 15, said of the new routine she is now following.
“It’s just great to be able to socialize with friends and teachers again. I really prefer physical learning.”