Dozens of people have thrown their support behind an academy chain which runs 19 schools after it revealed its nursery children will not return to class straight after the half-term break.
Longton-based St Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust has ruled out bringing nursery and reception children back at the same time after latest Government guidance expects schools to be ready to open to nursery, reception, year one and year six classes from Monday, June 1.
All of its schools will also be shut at 1pm on Fridays for a coronavirus ‘deep clean’.
The trust’s schools include Belgrave St Bartholomew Academy, in Longton; Cranberry Academy, in Alsager; St Nathaniel’s Academy, in Burslem; Knutton St Mary’s Academy; Park Hall Academy; Meir Heath Academy; St Saviour’s Academy, in Talke; Kingsland Academy, in Bucknall; Weston Infant Academy and Weston Junior Academy, in Weston Coyney; and Woodcroft Academy, in Leek.
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Now dozens have people have shown their support for the academy.
Lisa Rowe said: “I don’t know why the government just don’t leave the schools closed till it is all clear.
“How can you expect to keep primary school children apart – thefirst thing they do when they see their friends is hug one another.
“Teenagers are always in crowds and in my opinion the government has lifted the lockdown a bit and they are trying get things moving too quick.
“They are playing Russian roulette with our children who will only be going back for a month then they would be finished for summer. A few months won’t matter.
Louise Allmark, who works in a school – though not in the city – said: “Teachers are going to be limiting what toys are put out and cleaning them every night.
“Soft toys cushions etc will be removed as the virus lives on them. Books will be put out for the week and then quarantined. This is what my school will be doing
And Sharon Otter said: “Most nursery children can’t wipe their bottoms correctly never mind wash hands correctly.
“I think the academy have made the right decision.”