Stockport has become Greater Manchester’s latest town to confirm that schools will not reopen from June 1.
Last week, Rochdale and Wigan councils confirmed that the return date for pupils has not yet been set, with Rochdale saying “it won’t be forced into a timetable set by the government” and that parents of schools in the region have been sent letters to warn them that not to expect schools to open at the start of the month.
Writing on the official council website, a Stockport Council spokesperson said: “As a local area we are clear that our leaders need time to think through these plans carefully in order that they can support pupil and staff safety.
“It is for this reason that we will begin to extend our provision in Stockport no earlier than 8 June.
“Primary schools will begin their work with two training days on 8 and 9 June, without any children, to allow the staff to meet together for the first time since the start of Covid-19 in March.
“This time will allow staff teams to be appropriately trained and prepared in how to manage the new ‘way of working’ safely. As you will appreciate this will then enable them to be better prepared to provide a safe environment for your children as they return.
“Please be assured that we will do everything in Stockport, as a local area, to enable our children to return to school as quickly as we can.
“Our overriding principle is to ensure that the extension of our provision is as safe as it can be. We thank you for your patience.”
Schools across the country are starting to take a similar approach, with plenty of councils condemning the government’s plan for a phased return of pupils, starting with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
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