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Teachers need evidence, say Lib Dems

May 21, 2020 11:37 AM

Local Liberal Democrat Councillors Ryan Bate and Sharon Harris are adding their voices to a national call for the government to release all of the evidence, which supports their decisions and guidance regarding the re-opening of schools.

"As a teacher, I recognise the tremendous impact which school closures have on children, especially the disadvantaged and vulnerable," says Councillor Ryan Bate. "We want schools to reopen for more children but parents and school workers need to know that it is safe for children to be back in schools in greater numbers."

"Not only do we need evidence to show that the decision to open schools to more children is safe, we also need clarity on exactly how schools are expected to manage social distancing and keep both children and adults safe,' adds Councillor Sharon Harris. 'As a retired primary school teacher, I know just how difficult it will be to explain to children the need for social distancing, yet alone for adults to police it'.

Councillor Bate continues, 'In planning to have more children back, we must ensure that it is proven to be safe but the truth is, we know very little about this dreadful disease. Such an important decision with the prospect of wider school opening coming later must be backed by evidence. The government needs to either share this evidence or admit that they're operating on a hunch. We recognise the economic need to get the country back to work but this must not compromise the health of children and teachers."