Schools welcome more pupils back

City council bosses in Stoke-on-Trent say around 46 schools welcomed children back yesterday.

They had a combined 1,429 pupils in nursery, reception, year one and year six classes in the first day of the easing of restrictions. 

The total is around 18.5 per cent of the 7,741 pupils in those year groups in those schools across the city. 

A number of schools have had inset days (Monday), with a further 22 schools reopening for these age groups later this week, 12 more reopening for these age groups from June 8, five more schools from June 15, and a further school opening again from September. 

Latest estimates from schools across the city suggest that around 35 per cent of pupils in those year groups across all 92 schools in the city will return over the next two weeks – around 5,401, out of a total of 15,215 pupils. 

Council leader Abi Brown said: “The vast majority of our schools have been open throughout the Coronavirus restrictions, for key worker families and vulnerable children, and alongside this, schools have been working incredibly hard to put in place every preparation and precaution for the safe return of more children. 

“Schools have put in a wide range of safety measures, from one-way systems around school buildings, reducing the number of entrances to school sites, staggered drop-off and pick-up times, bringing school meals to classrooms, promoting handwashing and good hygiene and supporting small groups of children to learn in ‘bubbles’, with the same children and teachers. This work is being done while still maintaining online learning and additional home learning support for children. 

“We have been really clear that the safety of children, school staff and parents is the priority. It is a decision for schools on how they choose to reopen, and they will be given every support with public health guidance. It is a decision for parents if they choose for their children to return to school. We know that it is an anxious time for families and we want to reassure them that they will not be fined for keeping their children learning at home at this time.”



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