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Getting back to school safely during Covid-19

A school classroom with tables, chairs, pencil pots and paper

Next week, children in Sheffield will be going back to school, many for the first time since March.

Sheffield City Council has been working with our schools to put systems in place to help keep children, staff and their families safe so they can prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Headteacher Cathy Rowland from Dobcroft Infant School explains the measures she and her team have implemented in this short film.

Schools will be using protective bubbles to help manage risk. A bubble is a group of pupils who spend their day together, often with the same small group of staff. Children in the bubble will be together for lessons, breaks and lunchtimes.

Schools will also use the public health measures that we have become familiar with:

  • children will wash their hands regularly
  • social distancing will be in place, where it can be
  • staggered start and finish times will help with the flow of pupils
  • cleaning within classrooms and areas within the school will be done regularly to reduce infection
  • we will use contact tracing in the event of any positive cases arising

Parents will be contacted by their child’s school to explain the measures being put in place before schools reopen next week.

Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Sheffield City Council said:

 “We know that some pupils have not been in school for a long time and appreciate that they or their families may feel worried about going back to school.

“I want to reassure parents and our young people that we are working with our schools to support them to reduce the risks of catching the virus. If anyone has any concerns they should contact their school, as soon as they can.”

You can read more about getting back to school safely at www.sheffield.gov.uk/backtoschoolsafely