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And now it seems he wants to kill some more: children may be more resistant to Covid-19 than many adults, but they are susceptible to a variant of Kawasaki disease. How many will be laid low by a stupid prime minister’s stupid decision to reopen schools a stupid amount of time too early?

Boris Johnson has refused to take responsibility for deciding what should happen if teachers don’t turn up when schools reopen on Monday.

In that case, he can hardly hope to impose any authority on parents – one would imagine.

Johnson announced on May 10 that he hoped to be able to reopen schools for Reception and Year 6 pupils at the beginning of June.

We all knew this meant schools would be reopening then, even if a second wave of Covid-19 infections had broken over the United Kingdom, causing chaos; he’d said it so he was damn well going to do it.

But little effort has been made to protect teachers or children from possible Covid-19 infection if they go back.

Regulations for teachers tell them that they must continue working if they are exposed to anyone with the virus, meaning they may then go on to infect all the children in their class and, via their colleagues, all the children in the other classes too.

Social distancing plans suggested by some schools have prompted ridicule from the people – not least because they rely on Reception-age children understanding that they need to stay two metres or more away from each other. Fat chance!

Given all of these failures, this poll may seem a forgone conclusion, but with only a day to go, it seems worth asking the question of everybody, whether you have a child to send back to school (and bear in mind that this affects England only) or not:

Downing Street suggested that teachers and other staff who refuse to turn up in schools over safety concerns will be a matter for heads to sort out.

Asked whether they would be deemed to be in breach of their terms of employment, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Head teachers I’m sure will be having conversations with their own staff in the usual way.

“The Education Secretary has been working very closely with schools and unions for the last 10 weeks. He met with the unions again yesterday.

“Our approach throughout this has been to work closely with schools, heads, and teachers’ representatives to ensure that we deliver a cautious and phased return in a safe way.

“But I’m sure head teachers will have been having discussions with individual teachers.”

Source: Number 10 dismisses teachers’ fears about returning to school as matter for heads – Mirror Online

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