Lancashire schools prepare for COVID safe return next Monday

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School pupils in Lancashire will return to the classroom from Monday 8 March as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Increased measures to keep both staff and pupils safe will be put in place across all schools in the county. This is through twice weekly rapid testing for staff, students and their households. Face masks are to be worn where social distancing is not possible, including the classroom.

Hope High School in Skelmersdale has been open throughout the pandemic as many of its students are classed as vulnerable or children of key workers, with 50 pupils of their total 83 attending regularly. Andy Argile, School Business Manager, said, “Very early on we separated the tables, provided PPE where essential.

“But the biggest thing we’ve done for the confidence of the staff is cleaning – so introduce a very robust cleaning regime – we’ve got somebody on site all the time cleaning all the touch services more than once a day”. 

Staff at the school had raised concerns at different points in time however Mr Argile also said, “We’ve set up our own testing centre so we’ve been testing staff for COVID twice a week. That’s helped give the confidence that colleagues have been tested.” 

Last week the school had their first positive case, which came from a student. Due to the robust measures they were quickly picked up by their parent. Teachers and other pupils who had come in close contact are also now in 10-day isolation as per government guidelines. 

Hope High School are using the reopening date as ‘a final shout’ to get their remaining students back to face to face learning.