May 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Key evidence on opening schools revealed

The key evidence on the safety and impact of reopening schools has been published by the government’s scientific advisory group, Sage.

Sources involved said the risk of coronavirus to pupils going back to the classroom was “very, very small, but it is not zero”.

They also said teachers were not at above average risk compared with other occupations.

However, there is much uncertainty throughout the advice.

There have been loud calls from within the teaching profession to see the advice, which led to England aiming to get Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back in school from the start of June. Meanwhile, Scotland and Northern Ireland are aiming for a phased return to school in August. Wales hasn’t yet made a decision.

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