CHILDREN with asthma are not expected to return when schools reopen in England next week, according to experts.
Campaigners are advising parents who are concerned about sending their kids back should call their GP.
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It comes after Boris Johnson announced that primary schools will reopen on June 1 for reception, Years 1 and 6 and nurseries.
Some schools and colleges may also be able to offer some face to face contact and support for year 10 and year 12 pupils.
However, Asthma UK says this may be worrying for parents of children with asthma – as well as staff with the condition working in schools.
A spokesperson from the charity said: "Children and staff who are currently shielding are not expected to return to school or college at this time.
"Children and staff who have asthma and are not shielding are in the clinically vulnerable group, which means they are thought to be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
"Young children have consistently been shown to have very low risk of serious illness from coronavirus.
Parents will not be fined for not sending their children to school or college at this time
"But if your child has asthma and you are worried about them going back to school, the current government advice is to call your GP."
The charity added: "If your child is not going to attend school or college, let the school know, so that they can continue supporting your child as well as they can.
"Parents will not be fined for not sending their children to school or college at this time."
Parents are also advised to ensure their child's school has an up-to-date copy of their asthma action plan and a named, in-date reliever inhaler and spacer.
Children who are going to be with a different teacher than usual should be made aware of their asthma and what to do if they experience symptoms.
For staff who work in a school or nursery and have asthma, the charity says that employers should move you to the safest possible on-site role where possible, where you can stay 2m from others.
The PM first announced the Government's plans for a phased reopening of schools on June 1 early in May.
Local councils criticised the move amid fears children and staff may still be exposed to coronavirus if they reopen classrooms too soon.
However, scientists deemed it safe after a major review of the evidence, children are 56 per cent less likely to contract the virus.
Professor Russell Viner, from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, said: "Our findings show children and young people appear 56 per cent less likely to contract Covid-19 from infected others.
"Susceptibility is a key part of the chain of infection, and this supports the view that children are likely to play a smaller role in transmitting the virus and proliferating the pandemic, although considerable uncertainty remains.
"This new data provides essential evidence to governments around the world to inform their decision-making on whether to reopen schools and reduce or end lockdown measures."
'Controlled and careful'
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson assured teachers and parents the June 1 returns would be the first phase of a "controlled and careful" return to schooling with a range of protective measures.
These include keeping class sizes small, making sure pupils stayed within small groups, observing strict hygiene and cleaning measures, and having breaks and mealtimes staggered to reduce crowding.
Schools and other settings should communicate their plans to parents once they have had a chance to work through them in detail.
For secondary schools and colleges, classes will be halved, the government said.
That means that classrooms and workshops will be rearranged "with sitting positions two metres apart.
"Where very small classes might result from halving, it would be acceptable to have more than half in a class, provided the space has been rearranged.
"Support staff may be drawn on in the event there are teacher shortages," the advice added.
Williamson said if scientific advice proposed a "limited number" of children could be sent back to school, it was his duty to allow this to happen.
"Of course safety comes first but we must also be aware of the potential damage to a child's education from not getting them back in the classroom," he added.
England is the only part of the UK asking schools to begin phased reopenings from the start of next month, raising fears among teachers' unions about the risks of infection from the coronavirus.
Yet many schools across the country have said they will not be able to ensure the safety of their pupils.
And a rival group to the government's Sage committee said June 1 would be "too early" to reopen.
The "Independent Sage" committee has claimed that the government should delay the reopening date for another two weeks.
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