Supporting our schools

I have spoken about the incredible work that schools and their staff have been doing during the pandemic in a previous post. The continued efforts of staff and leaders in schools and education settings since the start of the pandemic have been humbling and inspiring to us all. We have seen scores of examples of great practice and efforts by individual staff and schools as a body, which have been shared with the wider education sector.

Most schools have remained open to support vulnerable children and the children of key workers, which has allowed essential staff to get to work and help keep things going during the pandemic. Teachers have also been working hard to make sure that those children at home can still get the best education possible which is really important.

Throughout the pandemic, we have been in regular contact with our schools, making sure they are kept up to date with the latest information from Government and making sure they have everything they need to operate safely.

Following the latest Government guidance, we are now working with primary schools to give them the support they need so they can open safely to nursery, reception, year one and year six pupils from 1 June. Our health and safety teams continue to offer advice on social distancing measures as well as access to a pack of personal protective equipment should someone fall ill.

Schools know what is best for their staff and pupils, so it will be up to each individual school to make the decision about when and how they can open. Our understanding is that the majority of schools will be open in some way, and will be letting parents know what will be happening over the coming days.

I trust this gives you some reassurance, and that you will also join with me in thanking our schools on behalf of the children and families of Staffordshire for their response to date, and the work they are planning for the next phase.

Be assured, we will continue to support our schools in these very challenging times. And if we continue to follow all the official advice on Coronavirus and pulling together we will beat the pandemic.

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