Back to school
Published: 28 May 2020
How are schools opening to more pupils?
Schools in Surrey have stayed open throughout lockdown for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, and now they are preparing to welcome back more students.
Primary schools have been asked to welcome back children in Nursery, Reception, Year One and Year Six classes from, but not necessarily on, June 1, while secondary schools are to start seeing Year 10 and Year 12 pupils face to face from June 15.
Those year groups not returning to school immediately will continue with home learning, as has been the case until now. Surrey teachers have done a brilliant job of supporting home learning.
Every school is different
Surrey County Council supports nearly 500 schools, and every school is different. Headteachers will only open their individual school when it is safe to do so, and this means that school provision is likely to vary considerably across the county. For information on when and how your school is opening see that school's website for details.
Headteachers will need to consider the safety and wellbeing of children and staff, the number of teachers available to work, and the physical constraints of their indoor and outdoor space in determining how, when and which children will return. This may mean that some children and parents will be disappointed.
Understandably, the prospect of returning to school has invoked mixed feelings among many families. Some parents and children cannot wait for the classroom doors to spring open, while others feel anxious about what lies ahead.
New measures in place
The council has every confidence that schools will only welcome back more students when it is safe to do so, after a thorough risk assessment. New protective measures will need to be put in place, such as smaller class sizes, regular hand washing, and more frequent cleaning. Some schools may introduce staggered start and finish times to allow for social distancing, and adults will be discouraged from gathering in the playground or at the school gate.
Our schools, teachers and support staff have worked tirelessly for our children over the past few months and we must continue to support them with kindness and compassion as they prepare for the challenging weeks ahead.
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