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Although primary schools in England opening their doors to more pupils from 1 June has been widely trailed – not least by Boris Johnson himself last weekend – this afternoon’s official confirmation gives headteachers just three days of half-term holiday to make final preparations and reach out to parents.
Most schools have remained open throughout the half-term break this week, as they did during the Easter holidays, for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers. That means many school leaders will have little chance to have time off from February until the middle of July.
It is important to understand that many primary schools will not be open to all eligible pupils on Monday morning, and that they will be phasing in these children over a period of time, while putting in place limits on class sizes and implementing other safety measures.
Schools are already open to vulnerable and key worker children, and it is now a case of carefully and cautiously expanding these numbers.