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Council aims for phased return of pupils from 1st June as schools show support



West Sussex County Councol say they are continuing to work closely with West Sussex schools to support a phased return of pupils in a safe and managed way.

They say that detailed discussions have been held with school and academy representatives and unions to consider the government’s position that schools should begin to reopen from next month.

The council say their aim is for the phased return to start from 1 June , in line with national guidance and that schools are showing support for this approach.

But despite this, a letter has been sent out saying that Secondary Heads across Crawley (not including Thomas Bennett Community College) are not considering allowing children back before the 15th June.

Schools’ individual risk assessments are identifying how they can best manage this and maintain the safety of their pupils and staff. Priority places will continue to be given to children who are vulnerable, those with Education Health and Care Plans and the children of key workers across all year groups.

The council is also asking schools to prioritise disadvantaged pupils and those who have limited access to online resources in both primary and secondary schools.

It means that the way schools will manage the return of different year groups will vary across the county and may mean that not all of the specified year groups will go back to school at the same time.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“I would like to thank all of the teachers and school staff across West Sussex who continue to work tirelessly for their pupils. I am also extremely grateful to the children, parents and carers who have adapted so well in very difficult circumstances.

“We are supporting schools to plan for a phased reopening in a safe and managed way for all pupils and staff.

“Throughout the lockdown, our education team has worked together with headteachers, governors and unions. The number of children, including those who are vulnerable, attending school during this period has been above the national average. Everyone involved in education in West Sussex wants what’s best for our children – to keep them safe and keep them learning.”


Vans and trucks to be allowed in Household Waste sites across Sussex from Saturday



West Sussex County Council is opening up its Household Waste Recycling Sites for more vehicles from Saturday 23rd May.

Vans and pickup trucks will be allowed to enter sites from Saturday 23 May. Residents will still need to bring a permit for these type of vehicle. Unfortunately trailers will still not be allowed at this time to allow for social distancing in light of restrictions around COVID-19 and to limit queues.

Currently the sites are accepting just two waste streams; household black bag type waste and green garden waste only. Plans are being drawn up to accept a wider range of materials and more information on this will be published next week.

Residents are still asked to only visit sites if their journey is necessary and their waste is not suitable for kerbside collection.

Social distancing measures are in place at all sites which means a smaller number of people will be allowed in at one time which could result in long queues.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“I would like to thank all West Sussex residents for their patience at this time.

“We appreciate it is frustrating not to be able to dispose of waste and I am pleased we are now able to allow vans into the sites.

“Sites are likely to be busy so I would ask residents to consider whether their journey is necessary. If you can continue to safely store items at home, please do so.”

To apply for a van permit, click here.

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