SCHOOLS should reopen before the six-week summer break if it is safe to do so during the coronavirus crisis, principals believe.
But the National Association of School Principals (NAHT) warned that there should be a gradual return to school for students.
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The claim comes as Public Health England suggested schools could reopen in a few weeks if the British Covid-19 lockout was lifted.
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NAHT Secretary General Paul Whiteman said, “Once the scientific advice is that schools can go home safely, they should do it.
“Even if it is for a very limited period before the summer holidays, it will allow young people to get to know the educational environment. “
He added: “Any return to normality must be planned. It can’t be like flipping a switch on a Friday night and then thinking that everything will be fine on a Monday morning. “
This week Downing Street decided to kill a growing rebellion against the closings after a minister suggested that reopening schools after Easter could “kick-start the economy.”
But a strategy to exit the closure is now “the government’s number one priority”, according to Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, a leading scientist in the fight against coronavirus.
Professor Paul Crosford of Public Health England said he expects “a lot of talk over the next week” regarding a possible loosening of the lock.
When asked if the UK’s social distancing restrictions could be relaxed in the coming weeks, he said, “I think several weeks are not unreasonable.
“Hopefully it will be sooner than that. “
Government sources have insisted that schools will not reopen after Easter and will not reopen until further lockdowns are lifted.
An anonymous minister asked that the children be able to return to school after the Easter holidays.
But government insiders said there was still no date for the schools to reopen and that it was too early to speculate.
They suggested that the schools will remain closed during the summer term.
Responding to claims that reopening schools would help the nation “get back to normal, a government source said,” If this saves lives, I think that’s the end of the argument. “
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School closings have minimal impact on the spread of the coronavirus, but have a detrimental effect on children and society, suggests a review.
Researchers at University College London (UCL) have found that school closings could reduce deaths in the UK during the Covid-19 epidemic by only 2-4%.
But UCL experts warn that the costs of closing schools are “high”, with the health and education of children damaged and family finances affected.
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