Fears of autumn spike behind June 29 re-opening in Wales

Schools in Wales are preparing to bring back pupils from June 29 amid safety concerns from teaching unions. School leaders, meanwhile, are seeking clarification from the Welsh Assembly on ‘flexibilities and practicalities’ in the plans. Greg Lewis reports

Senior leadership teams in Wales are now grappling with the logistical challenges of safely returning all year groups to school at the end of June as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Wales education minister Kirsty Williams has decided schools and pupil referral units should open to one third of all pupils each day from June 29 to “catch-up” and “check-in” and prepare for the “new normal” ahead of September.

On Wednesday (June 10), the Welsh government published guidance for schools to plan for pupils to return from June 29.
Entitled Keep Education Safe, the document offers provides practical and learning guidance on preparing schools for a phased return up to the end of the summer term. The guidance is split into two sections, learning and operational matters.

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