Council issues letter setting out steps for safe reopening of schools
27 August 2020A letter has been sent to schools and parents and carers by Cheshire West and Chester Council setting out the steps taken to make schools as safe as possible for pupils as they return in September.
The letter, from the Council’s Director of Public Health, reassures parents and carers that the approach taken in schools in the borough has been informed by current scientific evidence and sets out the measures that schools will be implementing in the new academic term. These measures are based on comprehensive risk assessments completed by every school.
Ian Ashworth, Director of Public Health, said: “As a result of the evidence and the interventions our schools are introducing, I am extremely supportive of the approach to return staff and pupils to the school environment. It is essential that our children and young people can continue with their learning to enable them to achieve their full potential.”
Schools across the borough will be following national guidance and implementing enhanced cleaning regimes, encouraging regular handwashing throughout the school day and teaching pupils in ‘bubbles’ to limit their exposure to other children.
It is important that everyone takes responsibility for reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. Staff, pupils and parents are asked to follow the guidance below as part of their daily routine.
Councillor Bob Cernik, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Since the Government’s announcement in July that schools would be re-opening to all pupils from the autumn term the Council has been working closely with partners, including the Department for Education and Public Health England, to ensure that schools feel supported to do this in a safe way.
“We understand that pupils and parents may be feeling anxious as they return next week but I would like to reassure everyone that all practical measures have been put in place to make schools as safe as possible for both pupils and staff. I would like to thank all the schools in the borough for the hard work they’ve put in to follow the national guidance and adapt their settings to welcome their pupils back safely.”