Heartbreaking footage shows a seven-year-old breaking down in tears after learning her school is closed again because of the new lockdown.
in the emotional clip recorded by dad Geoff Smith his daughter Jeffie can be heard sobbing as she says: “I want to see my friends at school and learn.”
The dad-of-10, a business owner from Beeston, Leeds, is seen trying to comfort the schoolgirl as he explains why the measures have been put in place.
Geoff, who caught the virus last year, said he has been honest with his children about the current coronavirus situation and each day they sit and watch the news so they can understand what is going on.
Afterwards, they ask him questions about what they don’t understand and he answers as honestly as he can.
However, he decided to record the emotional moment on Monday as Jeffie reacted strongly to the news of schools being closed again.
Geoff said: “There’s probably a lot of other kids feeling the same way, she’s over it now but you know my daughters are a bit cheesed off, for nearly a year and there’s been no school.
“It’s absolute madness, it’s like living in a movie, it’s absolutely crazy and it’s slowly getting worse. There’s no one to blame for it or even point fingers, there’s still even people thinking it’s fake.
“It’s just a mess.”
Joking about homeschooling, he added: “We’re having to be their teachers but we’re a little under-qualified in actual fact some of the school work I’ve got no idea they’re probably better at it than me.
“I’ve got no idea how to do some of it, it’s beyond what I was taught but now the kids just want to play out and see their friends at school. It’s not even anyone’s fault.”
On Wednesday Boris Johnson said schools will be the “very first” things to reopen after lockdown.
But the Prime Minister admitted he would have to be “very cautious” about reopening classrooms despite saying he hopes they’ll be back from February 22.
He said: “That moment may come after the February half term – although we should remain extremely cautious about the timetable ahead.
“As was the case case last Spring, our emergence from the lockdown cocoon will not be a big bang but a gradual unwrapping.”
A law passed by the government this week will allow lockdown to continue until as late as March 31.
The PM defended his dithering and U-turn on closing schools – which he did only after primaries reopened for one day, and two weeks after SAGE warned the R number could not be brought below 1 with them open.
He said: “We’ve been doing everything in our power to keep them open.
“Because children’s education is too vital and their futures too precious to be disrupted until every other option has been closed off.”