‘Far too early’: Mixed emotions as children return to class for first time in 10 weeks – but some schools stay shuttered

‘I just don’t want coronavirus back in my house again,’ parent keeping child at home tells Zoe Tidman

Social-distancing measures are enforced at a school in Worcester
Social-distancing measures are enforced at a school in Worcester

Children have gone back to class after weeks of staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some schools are staying firmly closed, resulting in an educational postcode lottery.

The government has asked primary schools in England to welcome back pupils in reception, year 1 and year 6 from this week, with nurseries also expected to resume sessions.

But following weeks of debate over the issue, some schools are remaining closed and some children are staying at home – due to fears over health and safety or the “dystopian” nature of a socially distanced education.

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