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Spalding school governor says it will be a failure if children are not back in school before Easter




A school governor says it will be a failure if children are not back in their classrooms before Easter.

Chairman of Spalding Monkshouse Primary School Alistair Main says that schools have received little Government support in creating safe environments for pupils.

Speculation is mounting as to whether schools will be able to reopen before Easter, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier today that they would not open before March 8.

Spalding Monkshouse School, Pennygate, Spalding (44156085)
Spalding Monkshouse School, Pennygate, Spalding (44156085)

Mr Main has questioned what planning has taken place to allow schools to return.

He said: “There is no easy answer to this but it would be disappointing not to be able to welcome children back to school safely until after Easter.

“These are children that have now suffered a significant disruption to their education but also to their social development and a way needs to be found to end this.

“Rightly the Government has stated schools will be the priority, however it is currently unclear what, if any, planning is going into a workable solution.

“Locally we have been fortunate that schools have done a very good job at setting up safe environments despite being largely left to do this alone with little governmental support and with frequent changes to plans and regulations, often too late in the day to action quickly.

“A failure to get children safely back to school, in some form, before Easter should be considered a failure and we as schools are ready to do what is necessary to achieve that aim.”

Katie James, interim head teacher at St Paul’s Community Primary School, has praised her team during this difficult period.

She said: “The staff have been amazing during these trying times. They have gone above and beyond, keeping in close contact with all our families, checking they can access online learning so that we can support anyone who is struggling.”

The county’s ssistant director for education Martin Smith said: “The classroom is undoubtedly the best place for learning, and we should not underestimate the role school life plays in the development of social skills and emotional wellbeing.

“However, we understand that it’s difficult for the Government to give a firm timetable for the return of schools at this point.”



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