EVERY secondary school in Staffordshire will have provision for students preparing for GCSE and A Level exams from this week.
Parents have already been informed of the arrangements being put in place, which will vary from school to school.
Social distancing, reduced student numbers in classrooms and more online learning are just some of the measures being utilised to help keep students and staff safe.
This is on top of well-established methods of containing the virus such as washing hands for 20 seconds, and following catch it, bin it, kill it when it comes to coughs and sneezes.
Education provision in secondary schools has not stopped throughout the pandemic, with teachers working hard to put together online lessons to ensure students do not miss out on learning.
Staffordshire County Council has worked with schools to give them the support they need to open safely. This support includes advice and guidance on social distancing, as well as packs of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all schools.
County Councillor Philip White, cabinet member for Learning and Employability said: “Secondary schools in Staffordshire have been working incredibly hard throughout lockdown to ensure their students still have some form of regular learning provision – I want to thank them all for stepping up to this challenge, and putting the education of their students first.
“Opening schools has to be a balancing act between ensuring pupils are not disadvantaged in their studies, and keeping the virus contained. GCSE and A-Level exams this year will not be going ahead, so it is important that those students due to take these exams next year get as much time in school as possible.
“We will continue to support all schools, and give them the advice and guidance needed to operate safely.”