Early re-opening of schools would be "foolhardy", PM warned

Any plan to re-open schools in May or June and implement social distancing measures for pupils and staff would be “foolhardy”, the prime minister has been warned.

The prime minister is being pushed to end “unhelpful speculation” on when schools and colleges may re-open.

The National Education Union (NEU) has written to Boris Johnson after increasing speculation in the national media that schools might be asked to open their doors sooner than expected, despite the on-going coronavirus outbreak.

When schools were closed for all but vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers, it was widely thought that the shut-down would last through until the summer – especially with the cancellation of public examinations.

However, national newspapers and media have been reporting a variety of rumours about schools being re-opened as part of a plan to kick-start the recovery of the British economy.

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