Primary schools across the Isle of Wight are set to re-open on 1st June – a week tomorrow – for Year R, 1 and 6 pupils, the Government has announced.
In this evening’s Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that things are on track for Phase 2 of the lockdown rollback and, as previously planned, schools will start to re-open from the beginning of June.
It is intended that class sizes will be smaller and students will experience staggered break and lunchtimes. There will also be staggered start and end times for the school day. However, the Prime Minister has noted that full social distancing may not be possible.
Early years settings will be able to re-open too.
It has also been confirmed that secondary schools will provide some element of contact for Year 10 and Year 12 students from 15th June, although only a quarter of the older students will be in school at any one time. Years 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11 may not return until later in the year.
It has been recognised that not all schools will be able to open on 1st June. Over the coming days it is likely the Island’s schools will each start to declare their intentions – keep an eye on Island Echo for all the latest.
“The education of children is crucial for their welfare, for their long-term future and for social justice.
“In line with the approach being taken in many other countries, we want to start getting our children back into the classroom in a way that is as manageable and as safe as possible”.
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With the Phase 2 plan on schedule, re-opening of non-essential shops and greater social contact is expected to also come into play from the start of June. Mr Johnson is expected to announce further details on Thursday, to come into force on Monday 1st June.