Yet another council in England has refused to reopen its schools at the beginning of next month – following other areas in the north. Schools in Bury, Greater Manchester, will not reopen ‘while high levels of Covid-19 remain’, the council has confirmed. Unclear guidance around practical arrangements for social distancing within schools, as well as concerns over testing and tracing, and supply of PPE, were listed as other reasons for refusing to open. There is growing opposition across the country to the plan to reopen primaries to certain year groups from June 1st.
Councillor Tamoor Tariq, the council’s lead member for children’s services, schools and families, said: ‘Bury Council has been working closely with each of our headteachers, their governing bodies and their professional associations, and with other educational partners, to assess how the government’s recent advice and guidance on primary schools reopening to a wider cohort of pupils (Reception, Year 1 and Year 6) can be safely implemented.
Posted: 20th May 2020