Peterborough schools prepare to re-open doors to all pupils on Monday
Schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are preparing to re-open their doors on Monday.
While some pupils have continued to go to school throughout the current lockdown, a majority have had to remain at home.
Director for Education for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Jonathan Lewis, held a session with around 400 school staff to go through the latest Government guidance and answer any questions in order to facilitate a smooth return.
There will be additional help to support the COVID testing process. Children will do three tests at school, followed by home testing. Test and trace will continue.
There have been some small changes since last term but headteachers have been advised as to what they need to do differently, including guidance around face coverings.
Guidance is still emerging on examinations and testing. Both councils recognise this is a difficult time for students and will be sharing this guidance as soon as they can.
Cllr Simon Bywater, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee said: “Headteachers, staff, governors and education officers have done an extraordinary job in keeping our children educated in what has been an intensely challenging time. Children have suffered a lot less because of the care, commitment and support of all our staff. I am hugely appreciative of the work they have done.”
Cllr Lynne Ayres, Peterborough City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills and the University added: “Government guidance has been good and we are confident that our schools are ready to re-open on March 8. Everyone has done their utmost to ensure that our young people’s education has been disrupted as little as possible over the last 12 months. It has undoubtedly been difficult but everyone – including parents and families – have risen to the challenge. I have every confidence that the future is going to be easier.”