Reopening of schools in Newport

Posted on Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Welsh Government has today announced that schools in Wales will reopen on Monday 29 June.

They will be open to all pupils from all year groups for limited periods during the week, and with no more than a third of pupils in school at any time.

The summer term will be extended by one week until 27 July and there will be an additional week holiday added to the autumn half term.

Welsh Government will issue further guidance for councils and head teachers next week about how schools could operate including information on managing facilities and logistical arrangements, including buildings, resources, cleaning and transport. Pupils will be in small groups and it will combined with the current approach to learning at home.

Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “Throughout this process, Newport City Council has been in close liaison with head teachers and unions about a potential return and what that might look like in our schools.

“The Minister acknowledged that some schools may need time to reach the proposed level of operation and we will continue to work closely with all our schools to ensure those returning can do so in safe and controlled manner, balancing the health of pupils and staff with the importance of education.

“We look forwarding to receiving Welsh Government’s guidance and aligning it with the preparations and considerations we have already made.

“I would also like to extend my thanks to all our teaching professionals for their commitment and support during this challenging period.”

A number of Newport’s schools are currently operating as key worker childcare hubs. The provision of this service will also feature in planning over the next few weeks.

Further information will be made available to parents and guardians as soon as possible.

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