Do teachers think schools will return in March?
- Credit: Getty Images/iStockPhoto
Teachers and education leaders in Suffolk say they will be ready to reopen schools on March 8 if given the green light under eased coronavirus restrictions.
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has confirmed that pupils are likely to be allowed back in classrooms from the second of March.
Yet while schools in Suffolk say they want children back in school and that it is the best place for their learning, they insist it should only be done if it is safe.
And a union has warned that March 8 might be too soon for schools to reopen safely.
Craig D'Cunha, executive headteacher for Chantry Academy, said: "The government is waiting on the data and I'm sure whatever they choose will be a sensible decision.
"We have plans in place for three different schemes in which the children return and the promise we that we'd get two weeks notice.
"We have to have faith and trust the government makes the right choice, as schools have worked incredibly hard to make facilities Covid secure, but we can't guarantee everything as you do have lots of children mixing from several households."
- 1 Town centre road closed after becoming flooded in torrential rain
- 2 Ex-Town loanee Bonne looks set to depart QPR
- 3 Fears over impact of cottage plans on landmark Suffolk windmill
- 4 'Nottingham Knockers' targeting homes in east Suffolk village
- 5 Road near Ipswich flooded as drivers forced to find alternative routes
- 6 Severe delays on A12 as carriageway floods during extreme rainfall
- 7 Live updates as Suffolk students pick up their A-Level results
- 8 Pub with 'gorgeous views' named one of UK's best waterside drinking spots
- 9 Lorry carrying mobile home stopped on A14 in Suffolk for being too wide
- 10 'There are qualities we want to add' - McKenna on Town transfer targets
The National Education Union still has concerns early March might be too soon.
Suffolk NEU spokesman Graham White said: "The economy is important but until we have ensured all staff and pupils can be completely Covid safe, we should not further extend the opening of schools.
"It is our belief that March 8 may well be too soon to fully reopen schools and that keeping schools partially open until after Easter may be safer for all concerned.
"Pupils are the next working generation, we owe it to them to make sure they are safe and that helps to protect parents, staff, carers and wider family."
Prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to make an announcement next week on Monday, February 22, to confirm the government's roadmap out of lockdown, including more information about schools.