How will the pandemic affect schools and nurseries in September?
Now that restriction are easing the nursery and school day will look a bit different this coming term
With September fast approaching and little ones preparing to start the new school year, what can we expect from school life as the Covid pandemic continues but restrictions are not as strict as they were.
Covid restrictions finally eased in July but the pandemic is still very much part of every day life, so what will school be like when it reopens in September?
Latest advice says that it’s still advisable for older children and adults to continue taking regular rapid tests to help identify infections early and reduce transmission but primary age pupils (those in year 6 and below) were not expected to.
Once nurseries and schools reopen they will no longer trace close contacts when a child has been in close contact with someone with a positive test. Those however who have been in close contact will still be identified via NHS Test and Trace service.
The latest advice states that even if your child has been identified as a close contact they should continue to attend school as normal.
The school ‘bubbles’ that were in place in the last school year is no longer necessary as children return for the new school year.
It is also no longer a requirement from the government to wear face coverings but it’s still recommended that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. So, this does mean your children may still need face masks for certain school events.
What all this does mean is that in September children should be returning to a more ‘normal’ way of life at school but the pandemic is very much still around and it’s important to continue to take the necessary precautions.