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Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September

July 7, 2020, 5:47:01 PM

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Posted on: 2 July 2020

Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September

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Detailed plans have been unveiled for all children and young people to return to full-time education from September.

Current restrictions on group sizes will be lifted to allow schools, colleges, and nurseries to fully reopen to all children and young people, as Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall.

Schools will be expected to have plans in place to offer remote education to pupils who are self-isolating.

For nurseries, childminders, and other early years providers, restrictions on group sizes will be lifted from 20 July, increasing capacity from the start of the summer holiday.

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.''

The guidance published today (2 July) provides schools, colleges and nurseries with the details needed to plan for a full return, as well as reassuring parents about what to expect for their children. The guidance has been developed in close consultation with the sector and medical experts from Public Health England.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jenny Harries, said:
''Thanks to the hard work of everyone, including our teachers and all school staff, there has been a decline in the rate of COVID-19 transmission in our communities.''

''A child’s education is essential to their healthy development - we know that missing too much school can have a negative impact on children’s mental and physical wellbeing.''

''Everybody wants children to be safe and thankfully as we have learned more about COVID-19, the evidence has shown that the risk of severe disease in children is low. However, although the number of COVID-19 cases has declined, it is still in general circulation - so it important we ensure schools implement sensible precautions to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 and minimize any risk to teachers and their pupils.''

Schools should implement class or year sized bubbles, as well as encouraging staff and pupils, where they are able, to keep their distance from each other and avoiding touching. All schools should work to implement other policies in line with their own risk assessment and in a way that ensures pupils can be taught a broad and balanced curriculum. Other measures set out in the guidance include:
teachers to distance from each other and older students where possible
increasing the frequency of cleaning
reducing the use of frequently shared items
minimizing contact in corridors

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August 13, 2020, 2:02:30 PM

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Posted on: 24 July 2020

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Two Warwickshire communities will soon be reunited thanks to a new footbridge over the busy A46 near Coventry.

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Funds for Grassroots Music venues

August 13, 2020, 10:49:37 AM

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Posted on: 25 July 2020

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NHS nurse in England increase with 13,502 more than 2019

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Posted on: 23 July 2020

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Posted on: 23 July 2020

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