DfE quashes media speculation about re-opening schools

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The Department for Education issued a statement on 7 May stating that ‘no date has been set for the reopening of schools’, following coverage in various national media outlets that an announcement would be made on reopening schools either on 7 May or over the coming weekend.

The National Education Union (NEU) has said it will be vital for the Government to gain the trust of parents before schools reopen to all pupils, while a survey from the charity Parentkind suggests 9 in 10 parents would be unhappy with schools reopening soon after lockdown ends.

A DfE spokesperson said:

‘Schools will remain closed, except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, until the scientific advice indicates it is the right time to re-open and the five tests set out by Government to beat this virus have been met.

‘We are also working closely with the sector as we consider how to reopen schools, nurseries and colleges and will ensure everyone has sufficient notice to plan and prepare.’

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