Return to School September 2020 

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Welcoming our children back to school  

When the Government made the decision to close schools in March and only open to a small number of key worker and vulnerable children, this was done with the aim of reducing transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), to protect the NHS and save lives. As the situation improved, more children were welcomed back from the 1 June. Now, the circumstances have changed. The prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased, the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running and schools are clear about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments for our children. 

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. 

The Government now feel that given the improved position, the balance of risk is now overwhelmingly in favour of children returning to school. For most children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).