County Council works with schools on return-to-school plans

20 May 2020

Coun Philip Owen, Notts CC Children and Young people's Committee Chairman

Nottinghamshire County Council is currently working with schools and academies across the county on phased return-to-school plans for specific year groups.

Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of NCC’s Children and Young People’s Committee said:

“I would like to recognise the sterling work of our headteachers and all school staff in keeping our schools open for over 3,000 children of keyworkers and vulnerable children, while also continuing to provide a home learning offer to over 123,000 students. I’m also grateful to parents and carers for encouraging and supporting their children to continue with their studies while they’ve been at home.

“The County Council will continue to work with Nottinghamshire schools and academies to ensure that there is a joined-up approach to any phased return-to-school plans as far as possible. The intention is that, if and when it is safe to do so and if the Government’s conditions are met, schools should extend their offer to welcome specific year groups back from no earlier than 1st June.

“Headteachers and school leaders are best placed to make a judgement about what this means for their schools, as they know their buildings, staff, families and children best. They are currently undertaking risk assessments to develop a plan that is manageable, practical and safe for pupils, their families and staff. Only then will they consider opening their schools to a wider group of children. This means that each school plan will be unique to that setting and will change over time.

“The Director of Children’s Services has also written to parents – and some schools have written directly - to explain what the County Council is doing to support them, their children and our schools in this fast-moving situation. The wellbeing of their children is at the very centre of the assessment and planning process.”

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