In light of new data recently published, Knowsley Council has confirmed that it will be supportive of schools who may wish to ‘pause’ their plans for re-opening to larger numbers of pupils in the coming weeks.
The Council has always been clear that schools should only reopen to larger numbers of pupils only when it is SAFE to do so. This can only be achieved when adequate arrangements have been put in place in each setting and when comprehensive risk assessments have been completed, signed off and shared with key parties including staff and trade unions.
The Council’s advice has been clear that these preparations should not be rushed to tie in with any arbitrary dates or deadlines set nationally.
In Knowsley, schools continue to be advised to take the time they need to make these preparations properly as the safety of staff and pupils must be the priority in ALL cases.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services commented:-
“Our Public Health team continues to closely monitor the data about the current prevalence of the virus within our community. Whilst I am reassured that new confirmed cases in Knowsley*, are very low, and have been low for a number of weeks now, I also understand the concerns of schools and parents about the current estimated R rate in the north west.
From the outset here in Knowsley, we have aimed to make sensible and well-considered decisions to provide our communities with the information they need to make informed choices. Whilst the decision to welcome more pupils into educational settings lies with each individual school, we are here to support them and have been in close contact with our schools throughout the pandemic.”
Each school setting is different so it is likely that individual schools will have to take different steps to ensure safety within their own environment. The Council will continue to provide what advice and support it can to schools as they make these adjustments and decisions in the coming months.
*as measured by the numbers of hospitalised patients