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The NASUWT has written to the education ministers across the UK warning that any early reopening of schools would be “highly premature and extremely damaging”.

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:
 
“It has become increasingly clear that the suggestion by some of an arbitrary date (e.g. 1 June) for the reopening of schools is wholly premature.
 
“With the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in Europe, it is clear that Government must continue to adopt an extremely cautious approach which does not contribute to further deaths and a further intensive wave of spread of the virus in the UK.
 
“The national COVID-19 response must remain proportionate to the on-going public health emergency and the NASUWT recognises the absolute need to maintain efforts to suppress the virus.
 
“In this context, the NASUWT is firmly of the view that changing the current restrictions on the opening of schools would be highly premature and extremely damaging.
 
“Schools must be reopened only when it is clearly demonstrated that it is safe to do so.

“In view of the continued and pressing public health challenges and the considerable task that will be required to ensure that every school is ready to admit increased numbers of children and adults into safe learning and working environments, the NASUWT urges ministers to act to end speculation on the reopening of schools beyond the current restrictions prior to September 2020.”
 

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