Following the government’s announcement on Monday 22 February, all Bracknell Forest schools will return to face-to-face learning the week beginning 8 March.
Wrap around childcare, such as after-school clubs can also reopen. This is to enable parents to work, attend education, access medical care, or attend a support group.
School attendance will be mandatory for all pupils. Secondary schools and colleges will have a phased return over the week of 8 March to in order to finalise testing arrangements for pupils.
Secondary school pupils will need to be tested and receive a negative result before they can return to the classroom. Once the initial tests have been done at school, twice weekly home testing will be available.
To keep their peers and teachers safe, we urge all secondary school pupils and parents to make sure these tests are done regularly from home. Rapid testing will also be available for all school staff.
It is recommended that in secondary schools face coverings should be worn in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply when taking part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example PE lessons.
Cllr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning, said:
“Throughout the pandemic our schools have worked tirelessly to provide a safe learning environment for all pupils, staying open during lockdown to ensure vulnerable children and children of critical workers can remain at school.
“Our school leaders are delighted to welcome all pupils back in March and work is already taking place to prepare for this.
“Risk assessments are being revised and timetables are being organised to give our children the easiest return to school in the safest way possible.
“I’d like to emphasise that attendance to school from the week commencing 8 March is mandatory unless your child or someone in the same household receives a positive COVID-19 test or they are contact traced and asked to self-isolate.
“For pupils’ emotional, social and academic education it is really important that they return to the classroom in March, but should you have any concerns please contact your child’s school in the first instance.
“We look forward to welcoming our children back to all settings, for what we hope will be a prosperous Spring/Summer term.”
Schools will communicate return dates and details on testing directly with parents, please check your child’s school website for more information.
Read the latest guidance on returning to school on GOV.UK.