Scarborough students get back to school
Students across Scarborough are returning to school today, some for the first time in more than two months.
Parents will no longer face the juggle of work and homeschooling as all pupils are invited back into the classroom to resume face-to-face learning.
The move is one of the first steps on the Government's "roadmap to recovery" and has been welcomed by MP for Scarborough and Whitby Robert Goodwill.
"It is absolutely the right decision to get children back into schools. They should certainly take precedence over non essential retail," he said.
"The level of infection among teachers is no higher than anywhere else.
"It is important that the procedures are followed in all areas of the school, including staff rooms. Teachers must stay vigilant at all times."
School staff across the borough have been busy since January supporting pupils’ home-learning while also teaching the vulnerable students and children of key workers who have still been attending school.
As reported by The Scarborough News, Headteacher at Wheatcroft Community Primary School and Chair of Scarborough Heads Forum, Jenny Hartley, said the number of pupils in school has been growing significantly during this lockdown at many sites.
At Wheatcroft, the figure rose from 21 per cent of all students at the beginning of January to 48 per cent last week.
Secondary school students have been asked to carry out regular coronavirus tests as well as wear face coverings in classrooms once back.
Scalby School will welcome Year 11 pupils back today, Years 9 and 10 back tomorrow and Years 7 and 8 back on Wednesday.
At Graham School, Years 7, 10 and 11 are back today, with Years 8 and 9 back tomorrow.
Pindar School is inviting all students back today, and St Augustine's School will see Years 10 and 11 back today, Years 7 and 8 tomorrow and Year 9 on Wednesday.
At Filey Ebor Academy, all students are expected to return to school tomorrow.