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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Thanks to all for keeping school services going

Published Thursday, 07 May 2020

Coventry City Council’s Education leaders have thanked everyone who continues to keep school services going during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, and Director of Education and Skills Kirston Nelson are highlighting the Headteachers/Principals, teachers, school support staff and local authority officers many of whom are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure children receive required provision.

Across the city schools have stayed open, even in the holidays, to provide for the most vulnerable pupils and children of key workers.

Cllr Maton said: “We have seen a monumental team effort over the past six weeks to make sure children can access school work, either in the classroom or in their own homes.

"I was talking to a Headteacher who is working with her staff to keep in direct touch with hundreds of the most vulnerable children and their families.  They are also making sure that all the schools' children and their families are kept up to date and supported with learning materials and ideas.

“In addition, the support that the school has had from local community organisations and businesses has been a real positive and something we do not want to lose once the immediate health crisis is over and children return to schools.

“I want all staff to know their work has been fundamental to meeting the needs of so many during this crisis and has not gone unnoticed. They are appreciated by us, by parents, by their colleagues, but most importantly by the children who know they have been there for them at this most difficult time.”

Kirston Nelson said: “Schools and nurseries are really putting themselves in the front line for our children. They have given such dedication and commitment to the children of our city, so that key workers can keep working and so that all children are as safe as they can be.

“So many schools have shown a fantastic attitude with lots of staff volunteering to take their part and showing such creativity with learning opportunities.

“Their work has bought great comfort to parents and carers in a time of uncertainly and I thank them all.”

Some examples of the great team effort are:

  • So many staff going over and above in providing food for the children, such as the cook baking cakes for them or the Head who came in on Bank Holiday Monday to make dinners
  • Staff creatively providing high quality virtual learning experiences
  • School Business managers keeping the business of school going
  • Learning mentors calling children to make sure they are OK
  • Site supervisors and cleaning staff ensuring buildings are safe, clean and ready for use, with extra duties in these COVID times
  • Staff have even come in to keep school open at the weekends and on the holidays when necessary.

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