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Schools and nurseries prepare to reopen in Havering

Parents who keep their children home will not be fined 

Schools and nurseries in Havering have prepared special measures to ensure they can safely reopen next Monday, 1 June. 

The government has allowed children in nurseries, reception and years 1 and 6 to return after ten weeks of lockdown. 

However, schools will only reopen if they can meet government guidelines and if the Covid-19 rate of infection and deaths continues to decrease. 

Children who do return will be kept in smaller groups to reduce the risk of infection and they could have to move classroom and have different teachers. 

They might not have to attend every day. Start and finish times may also vary. 

“We want our schools and nurseries to open up again as soon as possible, but ensuring that it’s safe for children, pupils and staff to return is our number one priority,” said the Leader of Havering Council, Damian White. 

“We’ve been working closely with the schools and nurseries to ensure they have the information, support and protective equipment they need to keep themselves safe, and ultimately the decision about whether to re-open remains with the individual head teacher or nursery owner.”

Parents and children are being asked to walk or cycle to school where possible and if they do take public transport they should try to keep two metres apart from other people.

They are also reminded to regularly wash their hands or to use hand sanitiser.  

“If schools and nurseries can’t adhere to the guidelines, they have been advised not to open, and parents who decide to keep their children at home will not be fined,” added Councillor White. 

Students in Years 10 and 12 are also expected to return on Monday, 15 June while arrangements remain the same for children of key workers. 

Anyone who does stay at home will continue to receive assistance from schools and continue home learning. 

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