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Schools across South Holland getting ready for pupils return on March 8

Schools across South Holland are preparing to welcome pupils back into classrooms within two weeks.

Face-to-face teaching is set to resume in primary and secondary schools from March 8 following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week.

However, the return of secondary school pupils will be phased to allow mass testing to take place to prevent asymptomatic carriers from transmitting the virus.

Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School
Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School

Youngsters will have to undergo three tests during their first week before home testing kits are sent out.

Spalding High School headmistress Michele Anderson and her team are making preparations to welcome the 1,100 staff and pupils back.

She said in a letter to parents: “It is vital to remember that the virus is still widely prevalent within the community and there are still many millions of people waiting for their vaccination.

“Tremendous inroads have been made with the vaccination programme but it is critical that when we return to school we maintain all of the health and hygiene measures in place to minimise the risk of transmission and keep everyone as safe as possible.

“There will be important updates to the school’s risk assessments over the course of this next week and we will provide a health and safety update to all students as they return to school. Most of our working practices will be identical to the way we worked during terms one and two under Covid Secure measures.”

Years 10 to 13 are expected to return in the first part of the week with Years 7 to 9 in the second part of the week.

Face coverings will need to be worn in communal areas and during lessons until the end of the Easter term at least.

Year groups will be tested on their first day back and then will have two further tests in the following days.

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