Statement from Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services
Published: Monday, 14th December 2020
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, said:
“All our schools are working hard in following the guidelines to make sure the risk of transmission in schools is minimal. They are a safe environment for children and are important for their psychological wellbeing and social development. Local data shows most infection in children is acquired at home or in the community, not in school.
“Schools are providing COVID secure environments by undertaking risk assessments to determine the best measures for their site including social distancing, good hand hygiene, mask wearing, one way systems and enhanced cleaning regimes.
“Schools have worked closely with the Council, Department of Education and Public Health England, reporting cases, undertaking contact tracing in the school and responding rapidly to changes in national guidance. If individual schools can demonstrate it is necessary and appropriate to shut for face to face teaching, this will be supported by the council.
There is a wide range of support for schools in the borough.
- Access to 7 day a week support from Public Health and Health and Safety for advice and guidance
- Twice a week schools receive a school COVID-19 report, updating them on infection rates, local hotspots, action being taken locally, what they can do to support and the latest guidance for schools.
- Targeted Asymptomatic Testing (using Lateral flow tests) in 10 schools before Christmas with another 10 schools to roll out in January
- Fortnightly Headteacher briefings with the director of public health.”