According to a media report, UK prepares for the full reopening of schools as available evidences indicate that coronavirus is not transmitted in schools.
Professor Russell Viner, President of the UK’s Royal College of Paediatrics and a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), told ‘The Sunday Times’ that a forthcoming report by Public Health England (PHE) would help put parents’ minds at rest.
Public Health England (PHE) has conducted a study in 100 institutions in the UK. And the study finds that unlike the apprehension, schools don’t expose children to the deadly virus.
“This is some of the largest data you will find on schools anywhere. Britain has done very well in terms of thinking of collecting data in schools,” he said.
“It is absolutely essential for schools to reopen in September. The risks to children from Covid are very low and the risks of school closures we know are very serious,” he said.
The government is all set to get children back to school from the September term as a matter of priority.
Schools in the UK was closed on March 20. On June 1, some schools began a limited reopening for early years and primary pupils.
“The Prime Minister confirmed that children’s education must be the country’s top priority over the coming months and that in the event of a local lockdown, his expectation would be that schools would be the absolute last sector to be asked to close – and unprecedented steps would be taken to avoid this happening anywhere in the country,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.
However, teaching unions have warned that the government’s plans to bring all school years back to class at once are not without risk.
Geoff Barton, head of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) union, said schools should have been a priority “right from the beginning”.
The prime minister is understood to have made clear that schools should be the last sector to shut in any future local lockdowns.
A Downing Street source said Mr Johnson believes the harm being done to children’s education prospects and mental health by not attending school is far more damaging than the risk posed to them by the virus.