Despite the government’s plans to go ahead with reopening schools in England, multiple councils within England have denounced the idea and advocate for them to remain closed. The Prime Minister did advocate for schools to reopen this June, however, members of council advised otherwise.
This comes after multiple council members had voted against the reopening of schools this coming June, in a BBC Breakfast survey. With about 99 group councils having to come to a decision on whether this is the right move during the pandemic or to advocate for schools to remain closed.
About 20 of the 99 councils had agreed with the Prime Ministers sentiments towards resuming with educational practices and championing for the reopening of schools across England in June, however, 68 of those councils advised against it.
The Prime Minister had set out a plan to resume with the educational programme for pupils between reception up to year 6, as the country eases in a lift on lockdown measures. However, the councils of England have since voted against this plan.
The reasons provided by the opposing councils have not been fully substantiated however it may be assumed that the lack of scientific knowledge/evidence that may reassure pupils, parents and teachers on there is little to no risk upon the return to everyday schooling norms proves to be a valid reason behind this.
The government has been continuously questioned about how they intend on reassuring that schooling environments do not become hot-spots for a resurgence in the coronavirus outbreak, especially considering the high number of children that may be susceptible to it.