Welsh Government publishes document on how and when schools will reopen

WELSH Government education minister Kirsty Williams has published a document on how decisions will be reached and when more pupils in Wales will return to school.

She said she would be consulting with headteachers, councils, trade unions and childcare sector before taking any decisions and also considering international evidence.

The minister added:

“Nothing would make me happier than seeing our classrooms full again.

“But I want to be clear that this framework does not – and I will not – set an arbitrary date for when more pupils will return to school.

“Setting a date before we have more evidence, more confidence and more control over the virus would be the wrong thing to do.

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“This will not be one decision but a series of decisions over time increasing, or if need be, decreasing operation.

“These changes will be complex, with many different considerations. I want the working document to be a stimulus for wider discussion and feedback.

“I am sharing this today to be as transparent as possible. I want everyone to know the extent of the issues related to the next phase.

“When we are ready to move into that next phase, I will ensure that there is enough time for preparation and for staff to carry out any necessary training.”

 

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