Lack of government honesty on school safety

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School preservation messages from the government often contradict recommendations from its own experts, writes Patrick Murphy.

In your article on the government’s proposals for a phased return of schools in January (School leaders and councils demand clarification on primary closures, Dec. 31), you quote the response of the Department of Education to local authorities and school leaders who are puzzled by the decision to close elementary schools in areas with relatively low rates of infection but open them in areas with high rates of infection “Decisions about which areas will be subject to the emergency framework,” the DfE said, “are based on close working with Public Health England, the NHS, the Joint Biosecurity Centre and across government to monitor the number of new infections, positivity rates and pressures on the NHS.” However, on the same day, the Association of Public Health Directors in London released a statement calling for fo.

On the same day that the prime minister said that schools were safe, Sage, a member of his own scientific advisory council, said this was “untrue.” Far from following science, it seems that on life and death issues, the government routinely lies to the public.

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