Coronavirus: is it safe for children to go back to school? | News

Millions of children in England and Wales are returning to school this week, following those in Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as in many other parts of the world. The embattled education secretary, Gavin Williamson, acknowledged that some families in England had concerns about sending their children to school for the first time since March, but said those who refused to risked putting a ‘huge dent in their future life chances’.

The Observer’s science editor, Robin McKie, talks to Anushka Asthana about how Covid-19 affects children’s health and assesses the risks of a return to school. He also discusses why the government is so keen to resume classroom education and considers the consequences of children spending further time at home

Tim Roach, a vice-principal, wears a face shield as he supervises year 4 children during their lunch break, at Greenacres primary academy in Oldham, northern England. Photograph by Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Source: The Guardian

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