Linton school exemplifies how much effort has gone into the post-lockdown return to the classroom
The headteacher at Linton Heights Junior School has explained the measures it, like all other schools, had to put in place to enable pupils to return to their classrooms last Monday.
James Puxley said it was with ‘joy’ that teachers and support staff welcomed all of its pupils back to the school, which in 2019 was given a very strong rating of ‘good’ by Ofsted.
He added: “With the backdrop of parents celebrating the end of remote learning, careful preparations have been made at our school to ensure pupil, staff and parental safety.
“We have staggered start and finish times for pupils and children being put in year group ‘bubbles’ – in our case groups of 60 or so pupils, significantly reduces the risk of potential spread of Covid-19.
“The children have their own workspace and resources and where possible maximise distance and minimal contact with fellow pupils in their classes.
“Lunch times for each bubble are staggered, with pupils in year 5 and 6, the ‘upper school’, having their lunches in the classroom.
“Each year group bubble has their own allocated play zone in the school grounds.”
All staff are also provided with lateral flow tests twice a week to try and prevent the spread of the disease and all adults wear masks in communal areas and all necessary personal protective equipment is provided when staff members need to have closer contact with pupils or colleagues.
Mr Puxley added: “So far, there have only been minimal outbreaks of Covid.
“Due to the rigorous safeguards put in place by the school any cases have remained isolated.”
Currently the school has an unusually high number of year three places (seven and eight-year-olds) available for September 2021 start, a rarity which can probably be attributed to a statistical quirk for Linton, whereby, as Cambridgeshire County Council figures show, there was a 28 per cent decrease in births between 2013 and 2014.
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