Stop the re-opening of York schools on 1st June

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We, concerned residents of York, call on the Leader of the City of York Council Keith Aspden and executive member for Children, Young People and Education to publish clear scientific evidence that shows that the opening of schools and other childcare settings in York will not increase the risk of infection from Covid-19 in our communities.

If the evidence shows that further opening will lead to an increased risk then they should use all their powers to prevent a further opening of schools in York on 1st June, as advised by the UK Government.

Other Councils across the UK have taken the following approach:

Liverpool City Council’s director of children and young people’s services, Steve Reddy, said: ‘Our guiding principle is that schools can only reopen to other pupils when it is safe to do so and not a moment before. Only once we can be sure that schools are safe for both children and staff will they be able to open to more children."

Hartlepool Borough Council wrote: ‘On Sunday, Boris Johnson outlined plans for the partial re-opening of schools for pupils in nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Given that coronavirus cases locally continue to rise, Hartlepool Borough Council has been working with schools and we have agreed they will not reopen on Monday, June 1. While we recognise the importance of schools reopening, we want to be absolutely clear that we will be taking a measured and cautious approach to this."