As the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased again, the government has been clear about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools; returning to school is vital for pupils’ education and for their wellbeing. Given the improved position, the balance of risk is now overwhelmingly in favour of pupils returning to school. For the vast majority of pupils, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Return to School booklets explain some of the steps we will be taking to reduce risks still further.
All schools must comply with health and safety law, which requires us to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. We have thoroughly reviewed our health and safety risk assessments and drawn up plans for the Spring Term that address the risks identified, using the system of controls set out in the Return to School booklets.
We would encourage parents to read the documents thoroughly.