Published Friday, 28th August 2020
Schools and education settings ready for September start
Sutton Council has been working closely with schools to help put in place safety measures to ensure schools can reopen fully from the start of the Autumn term, with some continuing with their normal phased return.
The government announced at the end of the last term that all children and young people, in all year groups, will return to their educational settings. This includes schools, colleges and early years settings returning full time from the beginning of the Autumn term (September 2020). This decision relates to a number of reasons including:
the declining prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) since the lockdown period.
the NHS test and trace service that is now up and running.
the growing understanding of the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments in schools.
The Council has been working closely with headteachers and school leaders to advise on a number of issues including school drop offs, PPE and travel arrangements. The Council can confirm that fines for non-attendance will not be in place next week, although schools will be following their usual processes to support and encourage pupils' attendance.
Councillor Marian James, Chair of the People Committee said;
"It has been a huge effort from schools, settings and parents in collaboration with Council and Cognus staff to get us where we are today.
Traditionally, the Autumn term brings with it excitement for parents and children, but this year that excitement is tempered. Some parents and pupils may have concerns about the return to school and I would encourage those parents to seek the support they need. Additionally, young people can participate in the "Back to School Forum” facilitated by Community Action Sutton.
It is important that children and young people return to school and college for their educational progress, well-being, and wider development. As a council, we are ambitious that despite the challenges facing parents, carers and education’ professionals across the borough, that school will open next week, providing a safe and secure learning environment.”
For more information on how the Council is working with schools and settings please visit the Council’s website.