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Government tells public that it’s safe for children to return to school in September

The government have officially launched the new its #BackToSchoolSafely campaign ahead of schools opening fully for the first time since lockdown in a couple of weeks.

The message is to reassure parents and students that schools and colleges are ready for their safe return from what has been a very challenging time indeed as the world has faced the covid-19 pandemic.

All Schools have received Public Health England guidance on measures that should be implemented to be as safe as possible for the children’s return to school.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The government is committed to doing everything necessary to deliver on our national priority of all students returning to schools and colleges in September.

“All children deserve to be back in school as it is the best place for their education and wellbeing. I know families are growing more confident that schools and colleges are ready and waiting to get back to teaching, with the right protective measures in place.

“As the start of term approaches, now is the time for families to think about the practicalities of returning to school in September, whether that’s reassuring themselves that school is the best place for their child to be, or planning the school run to avoid public transport where possible.”

New measures such as improved and vastly increased hygiene and handwashing and staggered breaks will be introduced.

New adverts to promote the campaign will be appearing on billboards, radio, online and television.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said: “Education is essential for a child’s development so it is crucial we get children safely back to school in September.

“A number of important risk reduction measures have been put in place to help students and teachers return to school with confidence.”

The prime minister has stated publicly that it is a “national priority” to get all children back into school from the start of the new academic year in September.

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