24th Sep, 2020

County education chiefs launch safe return to school bid

Rob George 22nd Aug, 2020

A NEW CAMPAIGN has been launched by Worcestershire Children First and Worcestershire County Council in a bid to help students and parents prepare feel safe to return to school when the new term begins next month.

The campaign will help inform students and their carers/parents about the new measures, which are being put in place to ensure the safety of staff and students as schools re-open their doors.

Children and young people will learn, play and socialise in specific groups known as ‘bubbles’ throughout the school day, with regular opportunities for handwashing and cleaning of frequently used surfaces.

Any child or member of their household showing any Coronavirus symptoms will be asked to not attend school and get atest should be booked via the official Coronavirus test booking site.

Sarah Wilkins, director of Education and Early Help for Worcestershire Children First said: “Starting or returning to school in September is a priority for development, achievement and enjoyment of Worcestershire’s children and young people. We want to reassure children, young people and parents and carers that we are continuing to do all we can to make sure that the returning to school experience is as safe and stress free for everyone as possible.

“We appreciate the pandemic has disrupted learning and school life for all involved and we’re looking forward to welcoming children, young people and education staff back safely in September.”

Dr Kathryn Cobain, director of Public Health for Worcestershire added: “I’d encourage all of our students, if they begin to feel unwell or develop symptoms whilst at school, please tell a member of staff. We are ready to respond and support schools and parents and carers if there are any positive cases in schools.”

Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/readyforschool for more.

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