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Getting back to school

Hounslow prepared for a safe return to school

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Message from Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services

“As the end of the summer holiday approaches, Hounslow’s schools are excited to welcome children back and I’m sure very many children are excited to get back to school too.

“The last few months have disrupted children’s education enormously - some children won’t have been with their friends and teachers for nearly six months. Although we are all too aware the pandemic is far from over, it’s really important that we are able to give young people and their families back some kind of normality and that they have the opportunity to learn and play with their friends.

“Scientific evidence is clear that the risk to children is very low. While I know there will be many parents and children with understandable concerns, I would like to assure the whole community that all our schools have been planning thoroughly and are taking all necessary measures to protect children and staff.

“I am extremely proud of all the schools in this borough and am confident that the whole community will be able to work together to ensure the children are able to receive the truly excellent education on offer here in Hounslow. I would really urge parents to make sure their children get back to school in September so that they can benefit from the professional teaching and support that their schools offer.”

Schools across the borough are ready and prepared to welcome thousands of children back to school from September.

Schools are looking forward to all their students returning and have been working hard to make their schools safe and welcoming. 

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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