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Welcoming children and young people back to school and college

Logo for campaign entitled 'All in - let's get back to the classroom'School is the best place for children to be.

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, children and young people are now able to enjoy more freedom in their education.

Being at school or college keeps children’s education on track, so they can achieve their full potential, while also benefitting their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

We are doing everything we can to ensure children and young people can continue to attend school and college.

All high schools in the borough are being encouraged to do regular on-site testing for pupils and staff, with primary schools also being asked to test staff regularly.

We are also encouraging parents of primary-aged children to do twice-weekly testing.

School will feel different as COVID-19 measures are relaxed:

  • Bubbles and staggered start and finish times are no longer advised.

  • Children can again have breaktimes and lunch together and take part in practical lessons and sports with other classes and year groups.

  • Face coverings are no longer required for staff or visitors.

  • Schools are advised to continue with regular handwashing, cleaning regimes, and to keep spaces well ventilated.

  • If your child is identified as a close contact they will not need to self-isolate.

  • Schools will have plans in place on what to do if anyone at school tests positive for COVID-19, or if additional measures are needed to be reintroduced for a limited period.

Attendance is mandatory. The benefit of attending school continues to significantly outweigh the COVID-19 health risk to children. If you have concerns, you should discuss these with your school and us so that your child is able to continue attending school.

 

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