Schools could reopen after the Easter holidays if the number of coronavirus cases continues to fall in the island.
Currently the gov plans to begin lifting some restrictions on Tuesday 6 April and it is proposed that all schools and University College Isle of Man UCM will reopen for teaching staff on Monday 12 April – as long as Public Health agree it is safe.
A phased return for children could begin on Tuesday 13 April starting with vulnerable children and those of essential workers. Priority will also be given to young people in Years 11 and 13 who need to complete important work after all summer exams were cancelled earlier this month.
The gov’s plan:
- They plan to reopen schools on Monday 12 April for staff to prepare.
- They have planned a phased return to primary schools for students from Tuesday 13 April – starting with vulnerable students and children of essential workers.
- They have planned to have a phased return to secondary schools from Tuesday 13 April for selected year 11 and 13 students who need to prepare for practical assessments.
- They have planned to bring all other students back as soon as the situation allows.
- They say all the above is dependent upon Public Health advice and levels of Covid within the community.
- A further update from the gov will follow next week when the picture becomes clearer.
Childminders, nurseries and playgroups are in a similar position. Gov is working with childcare providers to ensure their reopening is aligned with that of schools.
Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said: ‘I know it has been a difficult time and I thank everyone for their patience. The health and wellbeing of pupils and staff is our main priority and any decision to welcome them back will follow the latest health data and clinical advice.’