Coronavirus: The return to school

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This week children start to return to school in Scotland, with the rest of the UK due to reopen schools in September. For most students this is the first time they'll be setting foot inside a school since March - the longest interruption to schooling in living memory. But with the number of coronavirus cases back on the rise, how should we balance the risks of reopening schools, against the risks of keeping them shut? David Aaronovitch asks the experts: Bobby Duffy is professor of public policy and director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London. He has been tracking public opinion throughout the pandemic Jonas Ludviggson is a paediatrician, and professor in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden Russell Viner is president of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health and is a scientific adviser to the government as a member of SAGE Anna Vignoles is a professor of education at the University of Cambridge and lead author on the Royal Society's report "Balancing the Risks of Pupils Returning to Schools" Inès Hassan is also a lead author on that report, and is a researcher at the Global Health Governance Programme at the University of Edinburgh Producers: Kirsteen Knight, Beth Sagar-Fenton and Rosamund Jones Studio manager: Neva Missirian Editor: Hugh Levinson

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