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Schools: ‘We’re ready and we can’t wait to welcome you back’

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FROME’S education leaders have been busy over the summer getting their schools, colleges and early years settings ready for September.

Children of all ages are returning to school this week, and a message on behalf of the county’s headteachers has been issued – “we’re ready and we can’t wait to welcome you back.”

Amongst the headteachers who have offered words of reassurance to families is head of Frome’s Oakfield Academy, Emma Wilkes, who said, “School is best for children’s health and wellbeing. We’ve organised our settings so children can make the most of the space while ensuring groups are manageable.”

Principal of Frome College, Emma Reynolds said, “We are delighted that college will be open in September. Whilst lots of great work has been available on Frog and in virtual lessons, nothing replaces being in college with teachers, support staff and friends.”

Frome College has also issued guidance to students and families ahead of their return to school, to explain measures to help keep students and staff safe from the spread of coronavirus. 

Social distancing, seating plans in classrooms, an enhanced cleaning routine at the college, are just some of the measures introduced at the college. College students will also be allowed to wear non-uniform clothes for the first few weeks, so clothes can be changed and regularly washed at home

Other measures in place will vary from school to school, and may include:

• Year group or class group bubbles who will stay together each day. Bubbles will alternate between inside and outside spaces to minimize unnecessary contact.

• One-way systems just like in shops and supermarkets for dropping off and picking up.

• Structured and regular hand sanitizing and cleaning of spaces.

• Desks organised in rows all facing the front and spaced out.

• Outside areas divided into ‘zones’, which are allocated to specific groups of children.

• Staggered start and finish times to avoid too many parents and children mingling.

Faye Purbrick, Somerset County Council’s cabinet member for education said, “We know that there will be concerns and anxiety about schools returning and we will continue to provide support to education colleagues and families over the coming months.

“I’m sure the new arrangements will be strange for students at first, but we must also recognise the importance of attending school and the potential disadvantages for many students of continued absence. Returning to school, and some form of normality, really is the best option for both their future education attainment and social development, as well as for their mental health and wellbeing. Please speak to your school if you have any concerns about returning to school.

“As with before the summer break, Somerset schools are doing an amazing job of delivering the best school environment and education for all our students and I am continually grateful for everything that they are doing to reassure everyone and welcome their students back to school.”

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