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More Northumberland schools get ready to re-open

Across the county, Northumberland schools are installing safety measures, ready to welcome back Year 6, Year 1 and Reception pupils.

Northumberland County Council is working with head teachers in schools across the county to support them in the implementation of safety measures based on their risk assessments, in line with Government guidance. Pupils in Year 6, Year 1 and Reception will be welcomed back once safety measures are in place.

It is expected that in the week beginning 1 June 86 schools are planning to be open for some or all of the identified year groups, with the remaining 60 schools planning to open by 15 June.

Since March 23rd when the Government directed schools to close, up to 143 schools and alternative provider settings have been opening their doors to support children of key workers and vulnerable students. 

Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director of Adults and Children's Services, said: “We know this is a worrying time for everyone and parents may be concerned about their children returning to school. I want to stress, keeping pupils and staff safe in schools is our top priority and we will do everything we can to support children and their families.

“We are working with head teachers in schools across the county to support them in the implementation of safety measures based on their risk assessments. Only when safety measures are in place will each school welcome back pupils in Year 6, Year 1 and Reception. Parents should stay in touch with their child’s school for the latest information on opening arrangements.” 

Cllr Wayne Daley, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “Currently the Department for Education has prioritised Year 6, and Year 1 and Reception, in order to minimise the number of children in schools. 
“In some Northumberland schools Year 4 and year 8 are also a key transition years and we have been working with colleagues in the Dept for Education to ensure that, as soon as national Government guidance allows, those children can also return to enjoy time with their friends and teachers, making their transition as smooth as it can be in these uncertain times.”

Over recent weeks schools and alternative providers have remained open to look after children of key workers or the most vulnerable children, providing care and support during the pandemic. 
Cllr Daley continued: “I can’t thank schools across Northumberland enough for the hard work and dedication they have shown in recent months. They continue to get the job done in very difficult circumstances and have shown absolute commitment to supporting parents and children every day”
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