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Update from council leader - 11 November

Bracknell Forest Council offices

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

I would like to wish a warm welcome back to our school children who are settling in to the second half of the autumn term following the half-term break. I’d like to say a special thanks to our schools’ staff for their unbreakable hard work during these challenging times.

Since the start of the pandemic we have worked with all our schools to make sure they are fully compliant with Public Health England and the Department for Education guidance.

During the first lockdown our schools provided a safe environment for key worker children to attend daily, including over the half-term holidays.

Our dedicated teachers and educational staff supplemented this with home learning opportunities for all other pupils so that the education of thousands of Bracknell Forest school children was not put on hold.

We know that given the second national lockdown, which started on Thursday, some parents will have concerns about continuing to send their child to school. However, I’d like to reiterate that our schools are doing absolutely everything possible to keep pupils and staff safe while providing the education that our children need to thrive and develop.

With this season’s celebrations continuing I would like to wish a Happy Diwali to those celebrating this Saturday, 14 November. Unfortunately, like many events this year Diwali will look a bit different due to COVID, but we encourage you to join the Indian Community Association Bracknell’s virtual events. Find out more on the ICAB Facebook page.

Sadly, Remembrance festivities were also slightly different this year with celebrations and commemorations having to take place virtually. This included a service produced by Sandhurst Town Council and streamed on their website and Facebook page on Sunday. Our giant poppies, which are always popular, have also provided some much needed smiles over the past few weeks as well as a poignant reminder to remember and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our armed services.

I hope that you stay safe, and have a good week.