As the UK continues to ease restrictions on movements in the wake of the continuing Covid-19 crisis, the attention has recently turned to children and teachers returning to schools.
Some schools have continued to stay open for the children of key workers, but this is the first time a national return has been announced.
From 1st June, pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will return to their schools (although parents will not be punished for their failure to attend as the situation continues) and on June 15, up to a quarter of Year 10 and Year 12 will be allowed "some contact" to help prepare for exams.
Schools are now preparing for the return of pupils whilst ensuring that the appropriate social-distancing measures are enforced. The government has released a guide to implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings. This continually-updated article covers a number of areas:
- Effective infection protection and control
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) including face coverings and face masks
- Shielded and clinically vulnerable children and young people
- Shielded and clinically vulnerable adults
- Living with a shielded or clinically vulnerable person
- Class or group sizes
- How to implement protective measures in an education setting before wider opening on 1 June
The full article can be read on the Government website.
MG Solicitors work with a collection of educational establishments to provide advice, support and assistance in a range of areas.