Daily Mail reports …
The figures from the Department for Education (DfE) also show many state schools have had to close their doors in the past few weeks. Up to one million schoolchildren are reportedly skipping class as the nation is gripped by the fear of a second coronavirus spike. Official attendance records have shown that of the 8.82 million schoolchildren in the UK, around one in eight pupils have not returned to school, despite 96 per cent of schools fully reopening since the pandemic.
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