Advice on back to school measures

Schools across the borough have worked hard to ensure that pupils have a safe return to school this term. As children headed back to school this month, many parents will have noticed some key changes from the previous school year.

The 3 major changes include:

  • keeping pupils or students in year group or classroom bubbles to reduce mixing is no longer a requirement
  • face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas
  • close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace with education settings are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing

However, this doesn’t mean that COVID-19 has gone away, and parents, pupils, and schools are still asked to follow some basic measures to avoid spreading the virus.

Some of the measures include that:

  • schools keep rigorous and appropriate cleaning regimes in schools
  • pupils keep good hygiene and practice ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’
  • parents follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation

Cllr Dr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member Children, Young People and Learning, Bracknell Forest Council (Vice-Chairman of the Executive) said:

“It was fantastic to see all the return to school pictures published on social media over the last week, and it’s a testament to how hard the schools have worked to help pupils return to a safe and secure classroom. Few groups have been interrupted by the pandemic more than schoolchildren.

“That said, as restrictions loosen, we still have a responsibility to be courteous to one another and help keep everyone safe.”

You can read about back to school measures on the education blog on GOV.UK. Do remember, schools may ask parents to adhere to additional guidelines, as and when they see fit.