Sheffield City Council is working with schools, nurseries and colleges to make the return “as safe as possible” for pupils ahead of re-opening on March 8.
All parents of pupils are to be contacted this week on what their school is doing and when their child will need to return.
The council’s cabinet member for education and skills, Coun Abtisam Mohamed, said: “Being in school is the best place for our children socially, academically and for their health and wellbeing; but I know that some pupils who have not been in school for a long time may feel worried about going back.”
Rapid testing using the Asymptomatic Lateral Flow Device (LFD) will be used across the nation to assist the safe return of pupils back to school however, despite being encouraged, it will be voluntary. Positive tests will mean that the pupil must self isolate to reduce the spread of the virus.
Coun Mohamed said: “I want to reassure our young people and their families that schools are working hard to do all they can to ensure your return is as safe as possible.”
The schools will continue with the previous and familiar precautions of social distancing, staggering start and finish times, enhanced cleaning and ventilation and face coverings to be worn.
Coun Mohamed said: “It is great news that pupils will return to the classroom next week, I know everybody in the school community cannot wait to welcome them back.
“As we move into this next phase, I’d like to give a heartfelt thanks to parents, carers, teachers, and school staff who have gone above and beyond over the last few months to support our children through such a difficult time.”