Danish schools have reopened, why not the UK?

Teachers want schools to go back but we want it to be safe. That's why the @NEUnion set 5 simple tests.

Let's look at the Danish experience: a thread. (1/8)
NEU Test 1: Much lower numbers of Covid-19 cases
Denmark: 69 new cases yesterday
UK: 3,534 new cases yesterday (2/8)
NEU Test 2: A national plan for social distancing
Denmark: children kept 2 metres apart, lots of teaching outside.
UK: No plan - "primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart" (3/8)
NEU Test 3: Testing, testing, testing!
Denmark: one of the highest numbers of tests per person of any country in the world
UK: "You might not get a test if you apply - it depends how many tests are available in your area." (4/8)
NEU Test 4 : Whole school strategy
Denmark: if there is a case in the school, the whole school is tested.
UK: no mention of this in the government guidance (5/8)
NEU Test 5: Protection for the vulnerable
Denmark: vulnerable staff not coming in
UK: vulnerable staff "have been advised to take extra care in observing social distancing and should work from home where possible". Those who live with vulnerable people "can attend work" (6/8)
It's simple really. Denmark schools are opening because they made it safe to do so. The UK govt has not done the same.

We, teachers, want to go back. We miss the kids. We know that distance learning is not the same. But it needs to be safe first. (7/8)
And if we're going to copy Denmark, let's copy this.

VP of Danish teacher union: “we were consulted so much that we felt quite safe about this. We said to our members that we think that we can actually trust the authorities and that it will be OK to go back.” (8/8)
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