The Department for Education has released their statements on how schools, colleges and nurseries can begin to prepare to open to more young people from 1st June. You can read the full press release here.
All of this depends on the infection rate staying low, and will be monitored daily by the government.
The age groups expected to attend school are:
- Year 1
- Year 6
The Government is also asking schools, colleges and sixth-form to offer some face to face support to year 10 and year 12 students in preparation of their exams next academic year.
There is guidance to the education sector that is available for you to read. Some of the changes include:
- Reducing the size of classes and keeping children in small groups without mixing with others
- Staggered break and lunchtimes, as well as drop offs and pick ups
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning, reducing the use of shared items and utilising outdoor space
It’s key for parents and carers to understand that there will be no penalties for families who do not send their children to school, although families will be encouraged to take up these places.
However, if the child or a family member is shielding or the child is particularly vulnerable due to an underlying condition, there would be no expectation for the child to attend school.
All education staff are eligible for testing, and from 1st June, any child/young person in school will have access to testing if they display symptoms (as will anyone in their household who show symptoms).
If you are concerned about how this may impact you or your child, you can speak to the school directly. You can also contact us to discuss your childs needs if they have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities and you are concerned about how this will effect the SEN support.