Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, has praised the borough’s teachers, school staff, parents and carers, and pupils themselves for all that they are doing to ensure children can safely attend school.
Cllr Kelly said: “As with the rest of the region, it is a rapidly changing picture with as many as one third of schools in Sefton having been affected in some way.
“We have had class and year bubbles and the staff who work with them sent home while others are returning following periods of self-isolation.”
He continued: “Schools have done a great job informing parents and reassuring them that every effort is being made to ensure that children can safely attend school and to quell any rumours that may be being spread.
“Schools have also been following Department for Education and Public Health England guidelines and we are all doing everything we can to ensure that our children and young people do not miss out on their vital education.
“I would like to say a personal ‘thank you’ to teachers, school staff, parents and carers and to the pupils themselves for working with us during this challenging period and also to wish a speedy recovery to anyone who is unwell.”
Cllr Kelly went on to emphasise the importance of anyone with coronavirus symptoms of a raised temperatures, new constant cough or a loss of taste or smell, booking a test as soon as they are able.
He said: “Testing is key to helping prevent the spread of infections and with the current pressure on accessing appointments, we would remind people that they should only book a test if they have coronavirus symptoms.
“They should not be trying to book themselves a test because their child has symptoms or has been sent home from school.”
Details of the latest restrictions affecting the region and how people might be affected by them can be found on the council’s website at www.sefton.gov.uk/coronavirus along with a list of Frequently Asked Questions. These questions cover a range of areas including people’s households and social life, their support bubbles and childcare, support for vulnerable people and education.