A phased return to schools and University College Isle of Man (UCM) will begin on Monday when staff are allowed back to their classrooms to prepare.
This will be followed by a gradual and phased return of students from Tuesday 13 April. Until classrooms fully reopen, remote learning will continue for other students.
The current proposals will see different groups return first in primary and secondary schools with the situation under constant review. In primary schools vulnerable children and those of essential workers will be allowed back first. The updated criteria for essential workers has been published on the govs’s website.
Essential workers hold jobs that are considered critical to the island’s Covid-19 response or in one of the sectors listed on the website.
Parents who believe they qualify are asked to contact their child’s school on Monday to secure a place, but should only do this if they meet the criteria and have no alternative childcare provision available to them.
In secondary schools selected Year 11 and 13 students will also be back in school from Tuesday. The year groups have been prioritised due to the cancellation of summer exams and to allow them to work with teachers to complete the work that will determine their summer grades by May 21. Students in these year groups should only attend after they have been contacted by their school.
Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘We are working closely with headteachers to ensure the schools and UCM are as safe as possible when they reopen next week, this includes social distancing being in place on 13 April for all children and young people. The phased and gradual approach will mean we can pause or make changes quickly if needed.’
Under current proposals all children and young people could return to school from Monday 19 April but this decision will depend on the latest data and advice from Public Health. Childminders, nurseries and playgroups are in a similar position and the gov said it is working with providers to ensure their reopening is aligned with schools.