ARGUS readers are split on whether to send their children back to school amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a poll, 51 per cent of readers said they will be sending their children to school in September, while 49 per cent said they will not.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a plea to parents to send their children back to the classroom next month.

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He said: “I have spoken about the moral duty to reopen schools to all pupils safely.

"The risk of contracting Covid-19 in school is very small and it is far more damaging for a child’s development and their health and wellbeing to be away from school any longer.

“This is why it’s vitally important we get our children back into the classroom to learn and to be with their friends.

"Nothing will have a greater effect on the life chances of our children than returning to school.”