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Overwhelming majority of parents want schools to remain closed, poll suggests

AN OVERWHELMING majority of parents believe that schools should remain closed during the continuing coronavirus lockdown, a poll found today.

More than 1,000 parents were contacted for the National Education Union (NEU) survey, which was carried out after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that schools could reopen as early as June 1.

Eighty-six per cent of parents said that they support the general closure of schools, while 81 per cent said that schools should be open to disadvantaged children.

A third said that they do not plan to send their children back to school immediately after the current measures are relaxed.

When asked when schools should be reopened, a majority of respondents said that it should only be when there are fewer new cases of Covid-19, when “extensive arrangements” for testing and contact tracing are in place and when testing of children and staff for the virus is being conducted in schools.

NEU joint general secretary Dr Mary Bousted said: “Now that the Prime Minister has set himself on a course out of lockdown, he needs to act fast to reassure unions, school staff and parents that when schools do open, it will only be when our shared and widespread concerns for personal safety are fully met.”

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