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Independent SAGE report on Schools Re-opening

Publish date: 26/05/2020

Independent SAGE committee of leading scientists says conditions have not been met to re-open schools safely on June 1. Draft report reveals new modelling that shows delaying school re-opening by two weeks halves risk to children. Local authorities must establish low levels of infection in community and ability to track, trace, and isolate new infections before re-opening schools. Alternative arrangements for educating children must be considered including summer camps and outdoor schools. Proposals include requisitioning playing fields and facilities of independent schools and football stadiums. Public consultation vital part of process with decision to re-open schools made at local level based on local data. Lack of publicly available local data is ‘critical gap’ in current management of pandemic