Councillor Tom Bruce, cabinet member for Education, Children and Youth Services, has issued a statement on the announcement that schools will reopen to all pupils from March 8.
Published: Friday, 26th February 2021
Councillor Tom Bruce said:
“The wellbeing and long-term future of our children and young people are one of Hounslow’s key priorities. We know that attending school and education settings in person is far and away better than learning from home, so we welcome the announcement that schools will reopen to all pupils from March 8.
“That said, we recognise there are mixed reactions to this announcement. While many will feel happy and looking forward getting back to the classroom, others may be anxious and apprehensive about the wider return. This is why I, with many colleagues across London, continue to call for the Government to make clear when teachers and other education staff will receive the vaccine.
“As we have done throughout this pandemic, we will continue to work closely with schools and education providers, to ensure they remain the safest possible spaces for everyone. We will of course listen to parents, carers, unions, staff and young people to understand how we can best support their needs going forward. We believe parents and carers have a vital role to play in the continuing safety of our schools, and this means knowing and following the safety measures their child’s school has put in place and ensuring they and their children follow the testing and self-isolation guidelines if appropriate.
"As the Council Leader Cllr Curran has made clear, we have a real chance to escape the grip of the pandemic, but only if we all follow the rules, get tested and take the vaccine when our turn comes."