Today the government launched its #backtoschoolsafely campaign to reassure parents and students that schools and colleges are ready for their return in September.
Schools have received Public Health England endorsed guidance on protective measures they should implement to be as safe as possible and reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus
Measures such as:
- staggered break times
- Increased hygiene and handwashing
- Children remaining in consistent groups
The government and PHE advise that this will all contribute to minimising risks, while allowing schools to get back to doing what they do best – teaching.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“The government is committed to doing everything necessary to deliver on our national priority of all students returning to schools and colleges in September.
All children deserve to be back in school as it is the best place for their education and wellbeing. I know families are growing more confident that schools and colleges are ready and waiting to get back to teaching, with the right protective measures in place.
As the start of term approaches, now is the time for families to think about the practicalities of returning to school in September, whether that’s reassuring themselves that school is the best place for their child to be, or planning the school run to avoid public transport where possible.”
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said:
“Education is essential for a child’s development so it is crucial we get children safely back to school in September.
A number of important risk reduction measures have been put in place to help students and teachers return to school with confidence.”
Parents are encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school.
Newspaper and billboard advertising will be launched from tomorrow, with radio and digital adverts live from Monday 24 August and running until early September, alongside wider engagement with the teaching profession and local communications. The government are also encouraging. Parents can click here to find out more.
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