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Half of Norfolk parents still have back to school worries, EDP survey finds

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Almost half of Norfolk parents are concerned about sending children back to school for the start of the new term, an EDP survey has found.

Some 45pc of parents said they were either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ worried about youngsters heading back to the classroom.

Norfolk’s 422 schools are maintaining “proportionate protective measures” to help keep children and staff safe as pupils return to lessons from September 6.

But distancing rules, "bubble" groups and staggered starts have been axed, while science experiments, sport, music and drama are back on the timetable.

Almost half of parents expressed concerns over the start of the new school year in our survey. - Credit: PA

The EDP poll of parents found there is still widespread apprehension over youngsters being back even though more than half said their children were looking forward to a return to lessons.

In a recognition that some parents remain anxious, a back-to-school campaign has been launched to allay concerns and explain the Department for Education (DfE) guidance, including all secondary school students being Covid tested.

More than half (54pc) of more than 200 parents who took part in the survey said they were happy with measures in place at their child’s school, though a third said they would like to see stricter measures remain in place.

Half of parents said they were worried about the pupils no longer being taught in consistent class ‘bubbles’ or fixed year groups to avoid mixing.

Asked what their biggest concern was about children returning to school, more than a third (38pc) said the lack of Covid measures, 35pc said the risk of their child catching the virus and bringing it home.

In a bid to avoid a repeat of last year when large numbers of pupils had to be sent home to self-isolate, the new DfE framework advises that schools only close if “thresholds” of positive cases have been reached, such as five ‘close mixing’ students or........

© Eastern Daily Press

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