CCBC welcomes schools announcement
Posted on : 03 Jun 2020
Cllr Philippa Marsden, Leader - Caerphilly County Borough Council
The Leader of Caerphilly county borough council has welcomed today’s announcement by Welsh Government that schools will start to reopen on Monday 29th June.
Cllr Philippa Marsden said, “I very much welcome this sensible approach, which will help safeguard the health and wellbeing of staff and pupils, as well as ensuring learning can resume as quickly and safely as possible.”
“Over recent months I have been working closely with Welsh Government Ministers and other council Leaders to help support the reopening of our schools and it is good to see that this collaborative approach has resulted in positive progress.”
“I want to assure parents that the safety and wellbeing of children is paramount and this whole approach has been underpinned by robust scientific and medical evidence. If the medical situation changes, the position regarding schools will be reviewed immediately,” she added.
Schools across the county borough will open their doors on Monday 29 June for pupils to return on a phased basis. Year groups will be split into cohorts with staggered starts, lessons and breaks. This means that, at most, around a third of pupils will be present in the classroom at any one time, although individual schools may need time to reach this level of operation.
The current term will also be extended by a week, meaning that the normal summer holidays will start slightly later on Monday 27 July.
CCBC has been successfully running a number of childcare hubs in many of its schools throughout the outbreak, so staff have significant experience of working within these new conditions and limitations and are well placed to provide safe, well managed learning environments.
Cllr Barbara Jones, CCBC Cabinet Member for Education added, “We would like to assure the whole community that all appropriate steps will be taken to safeguard pupils and this will remain our key priority. Over the next few weeks officers will be working closely with our school staff, as well as Welsh Government officials to ensure this transition is seamless, sensible and safe.”
The Welsh Government will shortly publish guidance to support schools, as well as further and higher education institutions. This will include information on managing their facilities and logistical arrangements, including buildings, resources, cleaning and transport.