Covid-19: 59% parents won’t send their children back to school, exclusive ITV News poll reveals

More than half of parents in England will not send their children back to school even if they reopen before the end of the current academic year, exclusive polling for ITV News has shown.

Almost two thirds of parents say they feel it would be “unsafe” to send their child back to school before the summer holidays as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Health concerns for their children is also a major worry for most parents (82 per cent) if they return before the end of the 2019-20 academic year, with just 16 per cent saying they had no concerns for their child’s heath once they return to a classroom.

Polling carried out for ITV News also showed that most parents believe teachers (53 per cent) should have a greater say than the Government (27 per cent) on whether schools should be reopened.

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