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Schools open for catch-up sessions with pupils

All schools in Swansea opened today as they started offering 'Check in, Catch-up and Prepare' sessions to pupils.

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Social distance measures have been put in place at every school meaning there are restrictions on the numbers that can attend at any one time and schools have written to parents and guardians outlining the specific arrangement that apply to them.

All children, where possible, have been offered a few visits to school during the next three-weeks and each school's risk assessment will determine how often these can take place.

Attendance is not compulsory and parents are not at risk of fines should they decide the time is not right for their child to return.

During the lockdown many schools have been operating as emergency childcare settings for the children of key workers and this is continuing.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "The feedback that we have had is that today went smoothly thanks to the time and effort our schools, working with colleagues from the council, put in to prepare in recent weeks.

"I would also like to thank parents and carers for their assistance in helping this phased return."

The council has published a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) which are regularly updated and can be found at https://www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19schoolsandcolleges

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