Durham County Council have issued a press statement today in which they advise that primary schools should delay wider reopening until at least the 15th June.
In the release Cllr Olwyn Gunn, the council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said:
“Our priority has always been the safety of staff, children and communities and we have issued extensive advice and guidance to headteachers and governing bodies with the emphasis on reopening only when risk assessments have been carried out and found to be of a high enough standard.”
“We have at no point stated schools should return on 1 June. And in the light of the new scientific advice, high infection rates and the unacceptable delays in implementing Contact Tracing, we believe 15 June is a more realistic timeline for all schools to work towards, subject to government scientific advice and individual school risk assessments.”
In light of this guidance, Willington Primary will not re-open for children in reception, year 1 and year 6 until at least the 15th June. In the meantime, we will continue to remain open to provide childcare for children of key workers when needed and home learning packs will continue to be provided for all year groups.
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