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Schools in Scarborough Borough to Get Support to Re-Open

Schools in Scarborough Borough to Get Support to Re-Open

Published by Jon Burke at 6:31am 21st May 2020.

Schools across North Yorkshire will receive full support and bespoke advice from North Yorkshire County Council to enable them to decide whether they can reopen safely.

The County Council is following the guidance from the government and advising schools to prepare to be open from June 1 at the earliest.

Some schools may be ready to follow Government advice to allow them to open from that date, but many will have staggered dates and approaches depending on their individual circumstances.

Each school will be required to undertake a risk assessment, in order to plan appropriate safety measures for their specific circumstances.

This is to ensure each school can decide whether they can open safely. Whatever decision they take will be supported by the County Council.

These risk assessments will also inform the County Council if there are any schools in the county which cannot implement appropriate safety measures.

The council will work with schools, head teachers and the unions to support each school and the decision to open by the head teacher and governing body.

Parents will be encouraged to send their children to school. However, attendance has not been mandated by the Government. Parents will not be penalised for not sending their children to school during this time.

Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Service at North Yorkshire County Council, Stuart Carlton, said:

“We are advising schools to prepare to be open from June 1 at the earliest, awaiting Government confirmation that they will.

North Yorkshire County Council understands these unprecedented times may cause stress and anxiety, but rest assured we are here supporting schools and head teachers as best we can to make the correct and safest decisions in line with Government advice.”

Executive Member for Education and Skills, Patrick Mulligan, has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke..

More than 200 schools in North Yorkshire remain open to vulnerable children and the children of key workers already.

 

 

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The Orical, on 22nd May 2020 5:48am
As an ex-teacher I think this debate will roll on and
On. It can't be 100% safe for children, adults and
Families. Schools have always been breeding grounds
For bugs, illnesses, viruses and mini beasts!

One solution no one seems to have tabled is to
Gap Year the system, take a full year out for the
Whole education system, like many youngster's
Are now considering due to online tuition.

Use the year to train and update teachers in the
New technologies so they can adapt to any
Distance learning and home teaching. Not just
Furlough or redeployed but re-education and build
A better system fit for the new techno kids. The
University system can support and train too with the
Aim of enhancing not sticky plastering the system
Which is lagging behind many countries in technology.

Support can still be provided to key worker's and
Special needs children through educational childcare
Services as being done at present and extending
Into community as needed as the virus becomes
More manageable.

Yes, children loose a year but, return next year to
Pick up where they left off. Back in old school with
Old friends and classmates. Not missing the trials
And tribulations of sats, exams, sports day's, school
Proms and graduation to the big schools.

School staff have an opportunity to adapt to the new
Technologies and combat future speed bumps
With new vigorous goals and aspirations. Letting
Teacher's teach and not administrate.

To the lost year, one we'll have thanks to the NHS and key
Worker's. Many like me have been affected by the
Raised retirement age, so add another year and
Save lives, and aid the mental health and
Wellbeing of children and the educational
System.

An alternative view and vision I feel needs airing
At a time when many workers, the parents are
Reviewing their careers in light of covid-19.

The Pademic may provide the opportunity to change
An outdated education system, what better
Tribute to those who have been lost to it. We've
Done it before out of mind's of most as the world
Wars of the 1900's Are for many just history, but the
world rebuilding New society from ashes isn't
fiction but fact from the Ashe's of conflict.

What will readers in 50 year's time discover about
This pademic, will it show a zest for change, dare
I say Brexit! Or just a memorial to the lost souls who
Died early. Let's honour them as fallen heroes and
Build a better future for our children in their honour.
A worldwide Pademic which each country will write
There own epilogue to.

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