As Johnson prepares to ease lockdown restrictions, teachers` unions admonish reopening of schools without full roll-out of “test, trace and isolate” policy.
They warned that this could risk “increased transmission levels” of coronavirus. It comes after a report that as part of Boris Johnson`s exit strategy primary schools could reopen as soon as June.
As urged by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) ministers need to work closely with the unions to come up with a way forward. Matt Hancock the Health Secretary says that pupils will only be allowed to return to school when it is safe to do so.
In the last week of March schools across the UK closed in compliance with measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Schools were closed to the majority of children –excluding those of key workers, and vulnerable children-since the lockdown began.
Most parents are not prepared to send their kids to school anytime soon until a vaccine has been found. The general secretary of TUC, Frances O`Grady said: “Parents and staff need full confidence that schools will be safe before any pupils return.”
Clearly implementing social distancing and other measures to keep kids in school safe from the coronavirus might be very difficult especially those in primary school.
Unions, including the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and the National Education Union (NEU), have called for a “clear, scientific published evidence” that schools are safe to re-open.
While objections appear from the teachers` unions appear to be taken seriously, a government official said that they had never set a date for potential reopening of schools.