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Speaking following the statement on schools reopening by the Prime Minister at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing, NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:
 
“The Prime Minister’s display of determination to press ahead with the wider reopening of schools from 1 June is seriously at odds with the scientific evidence released to date, and the deep concerns expressed by schools, teachers and parents.
 
“The Government has yet to reassure parents and teachers that opening schools from 1 June will be safe and now appears to accept that many schools will not be able to reopen on that date.

“The Government has to recognise that it has not won the trust and confidence of the teaching profession.

“Notwithstanding the Government’s assertions, the bottom line is that no teacher or child should be expected to go into schools until it can be demonstrated that it is safe for them to do so.

“The Prime Minister has rightly stressed the importance of bringing down the “R” rate below 1 but the evidence published to date by SAGE is inconclusive when it comes to the question of whether the wider reopening of schools could contribute to a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

“The Prime Minister has also rightly made clear that he wants all businesses to be COVID-secure. However, whilst publishing limited optional guidance for schools, the Government has still not made clear the standards for ensuring that all schools will be COVID-secure when they reopen.
 
“Teachers and the public need to be convinced that the actions by the Government will not put at risk the health and safety of teachers, children or the general public.”

 

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