Schools, colleges and nurseries closed more than nine weeks ago due to the Covid-19 outbreak, remaining open only for vulnerable youngsters and the children of key workers.
The decision to go ahead with a phased return to school from June 1 came after education unions and council leaders urged the Government to reconsider the proposals amid safety concerns.
While Lancashire County Council’s director of public health, Dr. Sakthi KarunanithiIt said it would not be safe to reopen Lancashire’s schools to more pupils from next week, Blackpool Council said it will support schools re-opening to more pupils next week but only “when individual schools feel that it is safe to do so. ”
Here is a list of some of the councils in the North West with alternative plans:
– Cheshire East: It said nursery-aged pupils and children in Reception will be able to return from June 15. Year 1 pupils will be able to return from June 22 and then Year 6 pupils from June 29, if there is capacity.
– Cheshire West and Chester: Schools should plan to reopen from June 8.
– Knowsley: Schools will not extend their pupil populations by June 1.
– Lancashire: It is advising schools not to open to more pupils from June 1.
– Manchester: The council has said it is “highly unlikely” schools will be open for all children in all the assigned year groups from June 1.
– Rochdale: It is working towards opening schools more widely from June 15.
– Sefton: It is advising schools to reopen from June 15 to allow for time for appropriate risk assessment.
– Stockport: Schools will reopen on June 10 – two days after the end of half-term – to make preparations.
– Tameside: Schools will reopen on June 8, following the half-term period, so they have time to prepare.
– Trafford: Schools will reopen on June 10 – two days after the end of half-term – to make preparations.
– Warrington: The council is working towards reopening schools from June 8 to ensure risk assessments have been undertaken.
– Wigan: It said June 8 should be the earliest date that more children are returned to primary schools.