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South Holland primary schools reopen under strict anti-coronavirus measures




Primary schools across South Holland have been reopening their doors to children after ten weeks of lockdown - but with a very different look to them.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils have been allowed to go back to classes under government plans to ease restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

But class sizes are limited to no more than 15 children, with each group being placed in a "bubble" to stop any contact with children from other groups.

Gedney Drove End Primary School.Photo: SG170713-130.
Gedney Drove End Primary School.Photo: SG170713-130.

Among primary schools in the area expected to reopen today (Monday) were Gedney Drove End, Holbeach St Marks and Sutton Bridge Westmere, all part of the Griffin Federation.

Executive head teacher Karyn Wiles said: "The Griffin Federation of Schools has plans in place to open to some year groups from June 1."

Nicky Donley, executive head teacher of Kirton Primary and Nursery School, said: "We are opening to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children, while also continuing to make provision for the children of critical workers in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Executive head teacher Nicky Donley (fourth right) and staff from Kirton Primary and Nursery School.Photo by Julian Dodd.
Executive head teacher Nicky Donley (fourth right) and staff from Kirton Primary and Nursery School.Photo by Julian Dodd.

"Our staff are looking forward to meeting the children again after such a long time of social distancing.

"We have missed them."

However, Monkshouse Primary School in Spalding has delayed its reopening to Nursery, Year 1 and Year 6 children tomorrow (Tuesday) and Reception children from Wednesday.

In a joint letter to parents and carers, head teacher Sue Goodsell and chairman of governors Alistair Main explained that the Government's announcement on Friday that the "COVID alert system introduced was still at level 4" had influenced its decision to only take in children of critical workers and those considered vulnerable.

Monkshouse Primary School has delayed reopening to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.
Monkshouse Primary School has delayed reopening to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.


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