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1 September 2020

Schools and colleges in England start to reopen with protective measures in place

Sub-theme: Education

Summary

As of 1 September 2020, schools and colleges across England start to open and welcome pupils back. A 'system of controls' will be in place in each school environment to keep pupils, teachers and staff safe. This will include:

  • groups of children staying in groups or bubbles to reduce risk of spreading infection
  • minimising direct contact
  • maintaining social distancing where possible
  • strict hygiene and cleaning protocols
  • a one-off protective personal equipment (PPE) supply boost distributed to schools for use when necessary.

Face coverings should also be worn in communal areas in secondary schools in any areas with local lockdowns in place. Pupils are being encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot to school. The government is providing an additional £40m to local authorities to increase home to school transport and 'ease pressure on public transport'.

Source(s)

Gov.uk press release