Reopening Haringey’s schools
Haringey’s schools have remained open to key workers’ children and those who are vulnerable throughout the ongoing lockdown as part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. We want to thank all those staff who have been there for our children during this time.
For nine weeks now, the council has been providing support to all our education settings to understand their needs and assist them with a range of issues. More recently, this has included helping them prepare to reopen (external link) and ensuring that their risk assessments are robust so that, as and when our primary schools, secondary schools and sixth-form colleges are sufficiently assured and ready to reopen, it’s as safe as possible for their children, staff and parents alike.
The Government has advised that, where possible, primary schools and nurseries should begin a phased reopening from Monday 1 June (external link).
However, it is expected that our schools will reopen to different year groups at different stages in June. These re-openings will be purposely slow and considered, only building to a wider opening when schools are confident to do so and it is safe and right for our children and families. Your child’s school will be in touch with you to let you know when they intend to re-open and the steps they have put in place to ensure social distancing guidance and safety measures can be followed. For further information, contact your primary school or secondary school directly, or see our coronavirus children and young people's page.
Government guidelines are as follows:
From 1 June, begin reopening:
- Primary reception
- Primary Year 1
- Primary Year 6
From 15 June, introduce some contact with teachers for:
- Secondary pupils in year 10, and sixth form pupils in year 12, with exams next year
Cllr Zena Brabazon, Haringey Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:
“Everybody must put public safety first. As a parent, grandparent and the Deputy Leader of the borough, I believe that reopening of our schools by governing bodies must be predicated on the basis that it is safe to do so and the government guidance is met, which includes a list of key issues and actions.
“In addition, I believe that the National Education Union’s (NEU’s) five tests must also be met. Our hard-working teaching staff, parents and children deserve to know that it is safe when they go to school.”
What to do if you, or you child, develop COVID-19 symptoms
If you - or your child - start to have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss, or a change in, your normal sense of smell or taste), you should stay at home for at least seven days.
If you live with others, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person became ill.
A test for anybody above the age of five can be requested if they are showing symptoms of coronavirus. For further information, see the National Health Service (NHS) website (external link).
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