Cheshire East Council has issued a news release about the return to school (see bleow)
They also advise that:
- they are ensuring that school transport will be in place from 4 January (or start of term if there’s an inset) to enable all children with an EHCP to get to school.
- As schools will be open for children with an EHCP, schools will not be expected to provide remote provision if parents do not send their child to school.
Cheshire East Council helps plan return to school following government changes
Cheshire East Council is helping schools and colleges to put arrangements in place for a safe return to school in the New Year, following new government guidance.
The changes announced yesterday, (30 December,) mainly affect secondary schools and colleges, with the start of the new term delayed for most secondary school age pupils.
This is to allow extra time for schools to prepare for testing as many pupils and staff as possible.
- Pupils in ‘exam years’, for example those taking GCSE and A-levels, typically years 11 and 13, will now return week beginning 11 January.
- All other secondary and college pupils will return to school on 18 January.
- Schools will be open to vulnerable children and children of key workers from week
beginning 4 January.
- Remote learning arrangements will be put in place for pupils in exam years from week
beginning 4 January.
- Primary schools will return as planned from 4 January.
Councillor Kathryn Flavell, cabinet member for children and families said: “Ensuring the safety of our children and young people is our top priority. These changes have been put in place because the infection rate is particularly high in secondary age children.
“Our education and public health teams are working with schools and colleges to prepare for mass testing of pupils and staff and to provide remote learning where required.
“I would like to recognise the dedication of our school staff and education team in adapting to the many changes in guidance and advice throughout the pandemic. As the virus and the pandemic changes over time, we must also change our approach to keep our children and school staff safe. This has taken an enormous amount of effort. I’d also like to thank parents and pupils for supporting their schools by complying with guidance and adapting to the changes implemented to control the virus. We must all continue to follow the guidance and maintain the basics – hands, face, space.”