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Wirral school return update: 23.2.21

Wirral’s schools are preparing to welcome pupils back from Monday 8 March after the Prime Minister announced the government’s roadmap out of lockdown in England.  

The return of children to classrooms will differ for primary and secondary pupils.  
 

Primary school return  

All primary school pupils are to be back in school for face-to-face teaching on 8th March.  Primary school staff will continue to take two rapid symptom-free coronavirus (COVID-19) tests each week at home to identify positive cases quickly, enable them to self-isolate and break the chain of transmission.  

Parents and carers are asked to continue wearing face coverings at pick up and drop offs and to keep a 2-metre distance from others.

 

Secondary school and colleges   

For secondary school pupils and college students the return will differ slightly and see a more phased approach, as pupils are required to be tested before a full return, as set out by government guidance.   
  • Each school will have different arrangements, but your child will be invited to attend their school for a test the week of 8th March. Following this your child’s school will give you an expected return date for face-to-face teaching (test results permitting).    
  • After an initial programme of 3 tests in school or college, students will then be provided with two rapid symptom-free tests to use each week at home. Testing for pupils will take place 3-5 days apart as advised by Government guidance for schools. The three tests in school will take place to show pupils how the testing should be done. Secondary school and college staff will also continue to be provided with two tests to use each week at home.    
Government guidance advises that staff and students in secondary schools and colleges must wear face coverings in all areas. This includes classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained as a temporary extra measure.  
 
Councillor Wendy Clements, Chair Children, Young People and Education Committee said:  
 
“COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges – one of the most significant being the disruption to children’s education. Time in school is about more than just lessons, it helps to develop children ‘all round’.  
 
“I am immensely proud of the dedication and work Wirral’s education settings have put in throughout the pandemic, they have gone above and beyond. I would also like to thank parents and pupils for the resilience and understanding they have shown during this time.  
 
“I am confident that, as our children and young people return to school, educators will continue to do everything they can to make sure your child will be in a COVID secure environment.  
 
“We can all help our education settings prepare by continuing to show the tremendous support and patience that has been seen throughout the pandemic.”  
Wirral’s education settings across all ages continue to work to ensure they have measures in place to remain COVID-secure. They will continue with their robust measures that were in place previously considering any additional government requirements.
 
Schools are working through the latest guidance to prepare for the return and will contact parents and carers with full details ahead of the return. More details about the return and testing can be found on the Government website.