Many pupils back at school

Just Regional
Jun 8, 2020 2 mins read

Hundreds of children across Norfolk have returned to school after 10 weeks in lockdown.

From June 1, the government allowed children in nursery, reception and years one and six to go back to school for the first time since schools closed to the majority of children on March 20.

In Norfolk about 65pc of schools have now welcomed back more children. By  this week, most schools are expected to have opened to some, or all, of the permitted year groups.

It is the first time that many children will have seen their friends and teachers for more than two months and schools across the county have shared stories of lots of happy reunions.

And in Sprowston, Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School put out the flags to greet the youngsters coming back!

Children welcome their friends back at Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School.

John Fisher, cabinet member for children’s services at Norfolk County Council, said: “We’ve heard lots of stories of children happily going back to school this week, with children really excited to see their teachers and friends again. I am really pleased this has been the result this week, we are not putting pressure on parents or children and, as they grow confident with the process and system, we look forward to numbers steadily increasing.”

All schools remain open to vulnerable children and the children of key workers and they will continue to give these children priority for places.

The advice to parents remains that they should speak to their local schools and not send their child to school unless they have a confirmed place.

From June 15 schools will also begin to welcome some children from years 10 and 12 to school, for face-face support. However, these young people will still be expected to do most of their learning from home.

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