#AskRanvir: Ranvir explains the government safety plans for schools
As schools prepare to reopen schools on June 1, Good Morning Britain's Ranvir Singh answers questions about the government's safety plan.
"Does the government have a plan in place for schools if the risk of infection rises?"
Ranvir: "The answer is yes. The Department of Education is planning that children in primary schools will be in small bubbles so they will stay in those small groups of children no matter what. They won't play with other children, they won't have lunch with other children. Those children's parents will all arrive at staggered times away from all the other classes - perhaps only going in two days a week and another group will go in another two days a week. Should anybody in that bubble of children or their parents or that particular teacher have any signs or symptoms, then the entire bubble and isolates, there's testing and then once the results come back, then we know whether that group of children can go back into school or not. The answer is yes. There are absolute plans in place on how to deal with infection if it goes up in a school but the point that the department of education is making is, they cannot make the school environment a risk free place from Covid-19 completely."
"What is the latest government advice on sending children back to school? Is it safe?"
Ranvir: "Is it safe is the big question of course. The reality is that June 1 is the date when year one, reception and year 6 primary school children are expected to go back. But here's the rub, you don't have to send your children back. There is a personal choice here. But the fact is that the government was surprised by how much education has been damaged by the lockdown. They had expected about 20% of the children from key workers and vulnerable groups to be in school during the lockdown and less than one per cent were going so they are keen to get kids back."
"What has the government said about secondary schools reopening?"
Ranvir: "So little is being said about secondary schools. The idea is that of course teenagers can be a bit more prone to getting Covid-19 rather than younger children so they want to wait a bit longer for that. But they do want - before the summer term ends - to get those teenagers who have either got A-levels or GCSEs next year to at least get a few weeks of face to face tutoring from their teachers this academic year."