More schools in Knowsley are now open for educational purposes for targeted year groups and all schools have remained open to provide emergency childcare for vulnerable children and the children of key workers throughout the pandemic.
Pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 for primary schools and Years 10 and 12 for secondary schools have been and continue to be invited to attend by their school, following a robust process which has included consultation with parents and carers and completion of thorough risk assessments providing reassurance that schools are safe to reopen.
During the enforced closure by the Government, all schools have kept in contact with pupils and provided a range of engaging activities to ensure learning can continue at home through a range of methods including online activities, online tutorials and lessons as well as printed materials for parents / carers to collect.
Each day, the number of pupils attending Knowsley’s schools is increasing as more schools reopen and more parents / carers are reassured that schools have reopened safely.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We said all along that schools should reopen when it is safe to do so rather than rush into this. It’s been a complex process to ensure the Department for Education’s guidelines have been followed and we are meeting the national average for the number of schools that have reopened to wider year groups.”
“I know from the feedback I have received from pupils, parents and school staff that welcoming pupils back has been extremely positive and everyone is glad to be getting back to some sort of normality.”
“Our preparations continue to welcome even more pupils back over the remaining weeks of this term and then in September.”