Returning to School Safely
Letter to families, parents and carers from Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health
It has been good to see children and young people returning to the classroom and I would like to thank you for your support to your children and their schools over the past year. I know this has not been easy for anyone, some families have been directly impacted through the loss of loved ones, or through the loss of employment or income, and for many families it has been especially hard juggling work and school on limited bandwidth or devices.
These factors and the impact of having to remain at home for such a long period away from school has undoubtedly had an impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people so I wanted to write to you to encourage you to support your children to return to school where their learning and development can be taught safely, reconnect with friends and classmates and they can start to work through some of these experiences with other children in a supported environment.