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School safety plans that will keep groups in “bubbles” from September 2020

The Government has published safety plans for children returning to school in September 2020, this is on the basis of keeping classes or whole year groups apart in separate “bubbles”.

Schools will have testing kits to give parents in the unfortunate situation a child develops symptoms for Covid-19 in school. Mobile testing units maybe sent to schools which have an outbreak.

The Education secretary Rt Hon Gavin Williamson said in a Downing Street press briefing “There must be concrete determination to get pupils back to class. By working together we will make sure that their hopes and dreams for the future are not knocked of course”.

However Labours shadow education secretary was a little concerned “suggested the government of being asleep at the wheel over getting children back into school full-time” Mrs Kate Green said.

Head teachers were concerned and said it was “mind-boggling” to try and keep groups of pupils apart all day.

The new rules for Autumn are:

  • Grouping children together in groups or “bubbles”, a class in primary and year group in secondary.
  • Avoiding contact in school between these groups, with separate starting, finishing, lunch and break times.
  • Attendance compulsory with the threat of penalty fines.
  • Test and trace in place for schools.
  • Regular cleaning of hands, but masks not expected for pupils or staff.
  • Those with symptoms told to stay out of school.
  • No big group events like school assemblies and arranging classrooms with forward facing desks.
  • Separate groups on school buses and discouraging the use of public transport.
  • Pupils will be expected to continue with all their GCSEs and A-levels

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We understand schools are under a significant amount of pressure to organise and actually put these measures into place, which under normal circumstances would have been a huge challenge but during this pandemic makes it that much more difficult.

Schools are working at full speed, sacrificing their holidays to make schools as safe as possible when the students finally go back to school in September 2020. 

Our advice is to follow the Government guidelines and all medical instructions provided to keep our loved ones safe and everyone else safe. Together, complying and following instructions we will get through this safely.

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