LGA responds to SAGE advice to reopen primary schools

"A clear national message is now needed from government about the safe return of children to schools and the scientific advice must be accessible for all parents to support efforts by schools and councils."


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Responding to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies advice to the Government about reopening primary schools on 1 June, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said:

“We are pleased that the Government has published the scientific evidence ahead of the proposed date to reopen primary schools for some children, as called for by the LGA and councils.

“Councils have worked with all schools to keep them open throughout the coronavirus pandemic for vulnerable children and families of key workers. Councils are keen to support their local schools to get children back as soon as possible. However, the safety of children, their families and staff will always be the top priority.

“A clear national message is now needed from government about the safe return of children to schools and the scientific advice must be accessible for all parents to support efforts by schools and councils.

“We also continue to call for crucial testing data to be shared with councils, to help enable greater confidence for teachers and parents around school openings, and powers to manage outbreaks in places like schools, care homes, businesses and communities if new COVID-19 clusters emerge.”