May 22, 2020 / 12:32 PM / 3 days ago

UK to set out more details on schools re-opening as soon as possible - spokesman

Desks are seen at a social distance in a classroom as staff make preparations at Watlington Primary School to reopen to children on June 1, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Watlington, Britain, May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will set out more details of its plans for the reopening of schools to some pupils “as soon as we can”, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday, adding ministers trusted head teachers to take their own decisions.

Some teachers and unions have criticised the government for asking them to reopen to some pupils from June 1, saying the move is too early and others that they have little time to prepare buildings for a return under social distancing measures.

“We continue to work closely with teachers, schools and the unions to address their concerns,” the spokesman told reporters. “The roadmap sets out plans to get more children into schools in the safest possible way from June 1 at the earliest and we will set out more details on our plans as soon as we can.

“We trust head teachers to know the best course of action for their own schools.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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