The majority of Bedford Borough’s schools will be returning early this week, although a few had already welcomed pupils back last week.
This school term will be very different from when schools were last fully open and I would like to wish all children well with their return to school and their studies this year.
I would like to thank all those involved in preparing schools to welcome back children, from headteachers and all the teachers and teaching assistants to school caretakers and all the cleaning staff.
I would also like to thank all those who kept schools open for children who continued to attend school and also to the parents, and carers, who have helped with schooling from home.
A vast array of measures have been put in place in schools across the Borough to enable the safe return of pupils.
Ahead of schools opening the Council had been in touch with every Headteacher with the latest national advice on face coverings and to support the measures schools are taking to safely reopen.
With Coronavirus still present in the community, schools have introduced measures such as classroom bubbles to limit the contact between pupils, staggered arrival and leaving times and additional cleaning regimes to protect staff and pupils.
The Council is supporting schools to take decisions and introduce the measures they need to, to keep pupils and staff safe.
These may vary between schools, particularly where the layout of the school or college makes it difficult to maintain social distancing when staff and pupils are moving around the premises.
If you have any concerns please contact the school in the first instance, but do also let me know if you would like me to look into any issues that you have.
Sadly, we have seen an increase in Coronavirus cases in the last few weeks.
You can see the latest data here and this information is updated weekly on a Thursday.
I would like to remind everyone to please continue to socially distance, wear a face covering on public transport, in shops, supermarkets, enclosed spaces, in other locations when asked and wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
This is a monthly guest column provided by
Mayor Dave Hodgson and published unedited.