Devon County Council and Public Health Devon are working very closely with schools across the county, following a rise in cases across all ages, but predominantly among Devon’s younger and young working age population.
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Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement aiming to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. Since its creation in 2012, thousands of pupils in Devon have taken part in the initiative through making their own compost, creating homes for wildlife and growing food.
Schools and colleges across Devon, over the space of just a few days last March, shifted their focus from learning face to face in the classroom, to a model of remote learning, via Teams, Zoom or other online learning platforms.
All children who are entitled to free school meals will still be able to receive them – even if they are not attending school
The county council has confirmed its full support for heads and school leaders in the difficult decisions they have to make. Devon County Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said: “We support our school leaders inaaa
In a letter Cllr McInnes, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Schools urges the Education Secretary to ensure that Devon has the resources to deliver a ‘Covid-safe education’.
There’s always a rise in the number of bugs and illness at the start of term, and this year for obvious reasons, there has been a heightened awareness of when our children feel unwell, though in most cases this will not be coronavirus (COVID-19).
Schools have over the last couple of weeks welcomed back students for the new term. For some, that’s the first time back since March, and for others it’s a new start altogether.
More than 90 per cent of Devon pupils are already back in school as the new academic year gets under way in the county. That compares with an average of 96 per cent in normal times.