Schools shouldn't reopen next month say teacher's union
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Schools shouldn’t reopen next month say teacher’s union

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union and Women Teachers (NASUWT) has told the government schools should stay closed regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

It came as both sides met in a meeting to discuss whether children from across the United Kingdom should be back in class by June 1st after the government proposed it.

The NASUWT said the talks “raised more questions than answers”  and it claimed the UK government provided no information “to change the widely held view that the evidence base for opening schools from 1 June is weak”.

The Government unveiled plans to send children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back to school from as early as next month.

Speaking after the meeting, general secretary Dr Patrick Roach said: “The NASUWT remains clear that no school should reopen until it can demonstrate that it is safe to do so.

“No clear information was provided on what modelling has been undertaken in relation to potential transmission rates when schools open more widely. Nothing in the meeting provided reassurance for the deeply worried and anxious school workforce.”

He added: “We are continuing to press for answers to these questions and also for clear guidance from government to schools to ensure that they take appropriate and reasonable steps to assess and mitigate the health and safety risks posed by COVID-19.”


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