Stack of textbooks and a face mask for returning to school after Covid 19 By David Gales AdobeStock_362719386

With ​COVID-19 still present in the community, schools have introduced measures to protect staff and pupils

Bedford Borough Council has welcomed measures put in place in Borough schools to enable the safe return of pupils as they start the Autumn term. The Council is supporting schools to take decisions and introduce the measures they need to, to keep pupils and staff safe.

Such as classroom bubbles to limit the contact between pupils, staggered arrival and leaving times and additional cleaning regimes.

These may vary between schools, particularly where the layout of the school or college makes it difficult to maintain social distancing when staff and pupils are moving around between classes.

Cllr James Valentine, portfolio holder for Education and Children’s Services, said:

“I welcome the return of pupils across the Borough. Over the Summer, schools have looked at what they need to do to protect staff and pupils and introduced measures specific to their environment and situation.

“I’d like to thank the staff at all our schools for the hard work they have been putting in to ensure schools are safe and ready for pupils and staff.

“This year will see a very different start to the Autumn Term but it’s vital that we all support the measures that have been put in place to keep everyone safe in the weeks and months ahead.”

Where face coverings are worn the Council has issued a reminder that they must be worn correctly, covering both the nose and mouth in order to be effective.