The government has published its safety plans for England’s return to school in September – built on the principle of keeping classes or whole year groups apart in separate “bubbles”.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “I know these past three months have been some of the most challenging that schools have faced. What they have achieved to make sure that young people are kept safe and can continue to learn during this period is remarkable, and I am incredibly grateful for that.
Nothing can replace being in the classroom, so ever since schools, colleges and nurseries closed to most children, we have been working hard to ensure they can reopen as soon as possible. We have already seen more than 1.5 million children and young people return, but we must make sure all pupils can go back to school in September, giving them the opportunity to thrive and fulfill their potential.
I want to reassure parents and families that we are doing everything we can to make sure schools, nurseries, colleges and other providers are as safe as possible for children and staff, and will continue to work closely with the country’s best scientific and medical experts to ensure that is the case.“
You can read further information on the Goverments announcement here
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has also said that parents in England who do not send their children back to school in September will face fines, unless there’s a good reason for absence. Not all headteachers and parents are happy with the return of fines for parents if their children miss school. Jon Platt who runs the Parents Union is encouraging parents to sign his petition which asks the goverment to re think these fines. Click here for the link to his petition.
Your childs’ school will be in touch with you direct, to tell you how the return to school will work for your child.