England reopens schools, but many students stay home amid coronavirus fears
The semiautonomous governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have decided to wait until August or later to start sending students back.
Within England, too, dozens of local authorities and individual principals chose not to reopen school doors this week.
“As soon as we are convinced that everybody is saying the same thing, instead of having conflicting messages, we will reopen,” Michelle Sheehy, a principal at Millfield Primary School in the West Midlands, told the BBC.
The British government insists that it is easing restrictions cautiously and following the science. Over the weekend, however, several of the government’s own scientific advisers warned that England could be lifting the lockdown too quickly.
Teacher unions and parent groups have raised safety concerns, ranging from access to protective equipment to worries over ensuring social distancing in the classroom.
Patrick Roach, the general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said in a statement, “No teacher should be expected to be in a workplace that is …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]