Schools in Guernsey will reopen to all students for five days a week from Monday 8 June.

It comes after the decision to move to phase four of the governments lockdown exit plan which will start on 30 May.

The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture made the decision based on the latest medical advice.

The States says measures will be put in place to safeguard the health and wellbeing of students and staff.

Distance learning will continue while schools remain closed until 8 June.

The College of Further Education, will now open from Monday 1 June.

Nurseries and preschools will also be able to welcome all their childrenback from 1 June.

Childminders can also open again.

Director of Public Health, Dr Nicola Brink, advised the Committee that the positive position of the island’s response to COVID-19 meant there was no longer any public health reason to prevent schools from opening to all students. Dr Brink has worked closely with colleagues in the Education Office to set out the public health measures that must be in place in schools to allow them to reopen fully. Preparations for these measures will be finalised in the first week after half term while schools remain closed to most students and while students continue with distance learning.

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Schools in Guernsey will re-open to all students for five days a week from Monday 8 June. Credit: PA

The Director of Public Health closed schools, colleges and pre-schools will on Monday 23 March.

We always said we wanted to get all students back into school as soon as it was safe to do so and that our decisions would continue to be guided by the latest public health advice from Dr Brink and her colleagues. The earliest we can prepare schools to receive all students in a safe, organised way is Monday 8th June and so we decided to provide parents with as much notice as possible of that return date. There are measures to put in place in schools and at the College to promote high standards of hygiene and we will be very diligent about this so that parents have confidence in allowing their children to get back to school.

Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture,
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