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Getting back to school

Hounslow prepared for a safe return to school

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Councillor Tom Bruce is a local teacher and Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, he explains why it’s important for children to continue to go to school during this time:

“Hounslow Council believes that prioritising the wellbeing and long-term future of our children and young people is paramount. So, as schools remain open during this new lockdown, it is critical that children and young people continue to attend in order to maintain their wellbeing and education, and to support working parents and carers.”

 Schools have been supported to open with resources and guidance from Hounslow Council, Public Health England, The Department for Education and their professional associations.

The risk assessments and the ways in which safety measures have been implemented may vary from school to school, to reflect the individual circumstances of each school and to make sure that children and teachers are as safe as possible. 

There are many ways in which schools have adapted, including: 

  • Staggered start and finish times 

  • Extra hygiene measures 

  • One-way systems 

  • Providing space for parents to socially distance outside the school at the beginning and end of each day

Your child’s school will have communicated the changes that they have put in place so please review this information you have received to ensure your child's return to school goes smoothly.

It is vital that children return to normality. If you have any concerns about returning your child to school, please speak to the school as soon as possible to discuss your concerns and learn more about what the school is doing to keep pupils safe.

For latest Government information on going back to school, please visit Gov.uk/backtoschool 

For latest advice and news on support available in Hounslow visit our coronavirus page

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