Council won’t force schools to open on 1 June

Bradford Council has no intention of forcing schools to open on 1 June.

Schools in Ilkley can decide whether they open on a limited basis or continue to open just for vulnerable children and the children of key workers as they do now

Last week the Government made clear that plans to re–open some schools, years Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 could return as early as June 1, should the rate of coronavirus transmissions continue to fall.

The council says keeping pupils, staff and their families safe has to be its top priority.

Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said:

“Bradford Council has no intention of directing schools to open on 1 June or to force parents to send their children back and we are committed to working in partnership with school leaders, families and trade unions so that they can make sure their schools are safe environments for our children whenever they choose to open. Parents will not be fined if they choose not to send their children back to school at this time.

“Obviously we will always want children to be at school so they get the best life outcomes and so that vulnerable children are safe.