This is how many Kirklees school have reopened and followed government guidelines

A third of primary schools in Kirklees have followed Government guidelines to re-open according to education chiefs.
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And they say a further third are expected to follow suit next week.

However they admitted not knowing how many children across the borough had actually gone back to school.

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Speaking at a virtual meeting of Kirklees Council’s decision-making Cabinet (June 2) Clr Carole Pattison revealed the authority had not sought details on the numbers of youngsters returning to the classroom.

Pupils have returned to schools in KirkleesPupils have returned to schools in Kirklees
Pupils have returned to schools in Kirklees

Responding to questions from the Lib Dems’ Clr Alison Munro (Almondbury) Clr Pattison, who is the Cabinet member for Learning, said: “So far this week over a third of primary schools have opened.

“Next week on June 8 another third – making over two-thirds of schools – will be open.

“There are a few schools which we haven’t been able to contact as yet so it could be more than two-thirds or even more than that.

“That’s the numbers that we have at the moment.”

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Asked how many children had returned to school she replied: “We haven’t got that information at the moment.

“We haven’t collected that sort of data from schools. I do believe though it’s over 50% in many schools.”

Council Leader Councillor Shabir Pandor said national figures indicated a return rate of “around 70%”.

And he pledged: “We will find the details of our own figures.”

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Kirklees Council has been sharply criticised by the Lib Dems and the Greens for failing to direct headteachers to keep schools closed.

Instead the council has said the ultimate decision on whether to re-open is down to individual schools, arguing that there is no “one size fits all” approach to the issue.

Local Tories have backed the move and supported the Government’s stance on easing lockdown restrictions to allow some youngsters to go back to class.

Unions have also slammed the council for what they described as a “hands off” approach to coronavirus health and safety issues.

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Hazel Danson, district secretary for the National Education Union in Kirklees, said there was no coordination over schools’ risk assessments.

She said it was “an abdication of all responsibility” that created “chaos in the system”.

The council said it had seen schools’ risk assessments and that it was “supporting schools to carry out appropriate risk assessments”.