Around 800 students returned to school on Tuesday as a phased return following the island’s third lockdown continues.

After over a month since schools were closed on March 5, teachers and school staff were allowed back to the classrooms on Monday to prepare for the reopening.

In total, 448 pupils returned to their primary school on Tuesday with vulnerable children and those of essential workers the first to go back. Meanwhile, 347 students attended their secondary school where exam year students have been prioritised to give them time to complete the work required to determine their summer grades. A further 87 students returned to UCM on Tuesday.

Other students are being taught using remote learning until they are able to return to school.

Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘I am delighted to see children and teachers back in school buildings and at University College Isle of Man. I would like to thank all pupils and their parents for their patience and express my gratitude to teachers and school staff who have been working so hard to support our children and young people in these challenging times. Until all children can return, eligible parents will again receive help through our Free School Meal Voucher scheme.’

Parents and carers of children who normally get free school meals will receive a Free School Meal Voucher to spend on essential groceries while schools are closed this week. This will be valued at £11.75 for a primary age child and £14.45 for secondary and can be redeemed at all Shoprite stores.

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