Hampshire schools look forward to welcoming children back into classrooms

SCHOOLS across Hampshire are eager to welcome children back at the start of the new academic year.

Tuesday, 25th August 2020, 9:26 pm
Hampshire schools are looking forward to welcoming children back into classrooms. Picture Michael Gillen.

Schools have put in place a number of measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Measures include placing children in bubbles, staggering start and break times, one way systems and rigorous hand washing and cleaning regimes.

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Councillor Roz Chadd, the Council’s executive member for education, said: ‘Hampshire’s early years providers and countywide family of schools have worked hard during the school summer holidays to complete the necessary risk assessments to keep Hampshire safe by implementing appropriate measures to ensure all children and young people can return to school safely.‘I am deeply relieved the government has agreed that all children and young people should go back to school from 1 September.

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‘We may never fully appreciate the impact that the fall-out from coronavirus had on their education and future achievement.’

While some families remain concerned about their children returning to classrooms a survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics said 90 per cent of parents indicated their children would be returning to school.

The Council’s director for Public Health, Simon Bryant, added: ‘Parents and carers should feel reassured that children are far less likely to be affected by coronavirus. A Public Health England Study showed that those aged under 16 account for just 1.1 per cent of 130,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.’

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