A CAMPAIGN has been launched to help students and parents prepare for a safe return to school when the new term begins next month.

The campaign, set up by Worcestershire Children First and Worcestershire County Council, will help inform students and their carers or parents about the new measures being put in place to ensure the safety of staff and students as schools re-open their doors.

Children and young people will learn, play and socialise in specific groups known as ‘bubbles’ throughout the school day, with regular opportunities for handwashing and cleaning of frequently used surfaces.

Sarah Wilkins, director of education and early help for Worcestershire Children First said: “Starting or returning to school in September is a priority for development, achievement and enjoyment of Worcestershire’s children and young people.

“We want to reassure children, young people and parents and carers that we are continuing to do all we can to make sure that the returning to school experience is as safe and stress free for everyone as possible.

“We appreciate that the pandemic has disrupted learning and school life for all involved and we’re looking forward to welcoming children, young people and education staff back safely in September.”

Dr Kathryn Cobain, director of public health for Worcestershire added: “This campaign provides a range of information and advice to help children and young people transition back into school smoothly and safely. I’d encourage all of our students, if they begin to feel unwell or develop symptoms whilst at school, please tell a member of staff. We are ready to respond and support schools and parents and carers if there are any positive cases in schools.”

Starting school for the first time can be an exciting time but can also be daunting for both the child and the parents.

For tips on how to get ready to start school and make the most of your childs learning, please visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/readyforschool

The campaign will be supported by a social media campaign with #ReturntoSchool #ReadyforSchool