Essex County Council and Covid-19: “Best place for children is in the classroom”

Education: Primary / Mon 30th Nov 2020 am30 10:12am

YH is aware of different year groups having to go into isolation due to a student contracting Covid-19.

Some schools have had just one year group off whilst others have had several year groups off.

Some schools have had staff resources severely stretched.

YH thought this would be an appropriate time to ask Essex County Council (who oversee education for the town) what would it take for them to close just one school in Harlow or perhaps all schools in Harlow?

A spokesperson for Essex County Council, said: “Along with the government, we are very clear that the best place for children and young people is in the classroom. We continue to support schools, alongside our partners, to ensure that this can continue to happen and each education setting has robust health and safety measures in place to prevent any spread of Covid.

“There is no evidence that schools are playing a major contributing role to the rate of transmission across Essex and all schools continue to follow government guidance which states that they should remain open wherever possible. Only in exceptional circumstances would a bubble be moved to a remote education offer.

“Teachers, school staff and the wider education community across Essex have worked tirelessly to ensure that children and young people were able to go back to school this year and we are proud of the response and resilience they have shown in doing so.” 

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