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17% of parents considering keeping children out of school due to Covid concerns

A YouGov poll shared exclusively with Good Morning Britain suggests that 17% of parents in England and Wales are considering keeping their children out of school this September due to concerns over Coronavirus. 

Conducted by YouGov, the poll also found that 36% were against secondary school children having to wear face masks while almost half (48%) believed it was unfair to fine parents who kept their children home from school due to fears over Covid safety. 

Geoff Barton, Association of School and College Leaders, said: "I think the idea of fining parents who don’t send their children back to school is inappropriate, frankly. There’s bound to be anxiety isn’t there, at the moment. We’ve seen that not just in other parts of the UK but in other countries."

"But actually what we’ve also seen is that that tends to evaporate as routines kick in."

"Let's trust our young people, let’s trust our teachers, actually focus on getting our young people back into school."

It comes as the government put out a message of reassurance that the British Medical Journal says transmission among children is vanishingly low and there are systems of control in place.

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