As many as 1,500 schools could defy government plans to reopen on 1 June amid fears over the safety of staff and pupils.So far 18 local authorities including Liverpool City Council, Solihull, Calderdale in Yorkshire, Hartlepool in the North East and Bury in Greater Manchester have announced alternative plans for reopening after 1 June. Jenny Coles, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services told the education select committee that schools needed a “five to six week lead-in time” to implement social distancing measures in classrooms.

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