No decision on when to reopen schools, says secretary of education

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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson tweeted Sunday morning “that no decision has been made on when to reopen the schools.”

“I can reassure schools and parents that they will not reopen until scientific advice indicates that the time is right to do so,” he added.

Authorities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will make their own decision to reopen the schools, as they have done to close them.

The message comes after speculation that schools would start reopening very soon – after the Easter break.

Some have called for schools to reopen as soon as the Easter holidays are over, while others have suggested that mid-May is a good time to start removing the children.

This would correspond to the next locking rules review date, May 7 and 8.

But teachers and unions said they wanted to be sure he was safe before going back to work.

It has been suggested that primary schools across the country may be the first to open, or that schools in areas less affected by coronavirus may open first – such as Devon and Cornwall – while those in areas with high rates highest infection levels would remain closed – such as in London and Birmingham.

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