Hartlepool primary schools begin phased reopening for more pupils as Government guidelines ease

Some Hartlepool schools have started to welcome children back as part of a phased reopening.

Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 4:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th June 2020, 5:41 pm

A number of pupils have this week returned to their classrooms for the first time since March 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hartlepool Borough Council previously said that the town’s primary schools would not reopen for reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes on June 1 like other parts of the country as with coronavirus cases in the town continued to rise.

But from Monday, June 8, individual primary schools are adopting their own individual approaches, to letting children who have been in lockdown back.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Hartlepool primary schools have started to welcome some year groups back this week. Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “Each Hartlepool primary school is working with the local authority, and where applicable their Multi Academy Trust, to plan and prepare for the phased wider reopening of their school.

“The individual schools are adopting a gradual approach by welcoming children back by year group over the coming weeks, starting in some cases from 8th June.

“The schools are liaising with parents directly about their individual arrangements and if parents have specific questions they should please contact their child’s school directly.

“We are continuing to give Hartlepool schools our fullest support to help ensure the smoothest possible return to school for those children and young people in the Government identified year groups.”

Primary and secondary schools in Hartlepool have continued to be open for the children of keyworkers over the last two months.

Ward Jackson Primary School, in Clark Street, decided to defer the start of its wider phased reopening, which was due to begin on Monday, June 8, with Year 6 children, by a week.

The local authority said the staff member had not been in contact with any pupils for the previous three weeks and had only been in school one day last week staff training.

Meanwhile, the Government has scrapped plans for all pupils to return before the summer holidays.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said ministers were now working towards all children going back to school by September.

Read More

Read More
Read more: What social distancing will look like in schools post-lockdown

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you.