A petition set up by Lucy Browne on Change.org has called for parents to have a choice over whether or not their children should return before the summer break. In little over 24 hours signatures have risen nearly half a million with many parents clearly feeling the same.
Lucy who set up the petition says: I’m calling on the UK Government to give parents and guardians the option of not sending their children back to school if they reopen in June – as Boris Johnson has suggested this could happen in England.
As a mum I don’t want to face serious repercussions for making a choice I feel affects the safety of my daughter during a global pandemic.
The UK now has the highest death toll in Europe and second highest in the world. Many of us have lost confidence in the Government’s handling of this crisis and feel it is too early to return children to schools. It seems it could pose risks not only to children but also teachers and those they live with – grandparents, parents and those with underlying health conditions.
So far there has been little assurance of what measures will be made to protect people and manage these risks. Even drop-off and collection could increase risk of transmission among parents. We need the Government to be transparent with us and put things in place before we can consider placing our trust in this decision.
Parents should have a choice on whether or not they put their children in this scenario.