Reopening of Kingspark School

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Dundee City Council’s children and families services are working closely with families, trade unions, health and safety, Tayside Contracts and public health officials to plan for the reopening of Kingspark School.

The school for children and young people with additional support needs was closed on Wednesday August 19, following a coronavirus outbreak which has so far affected 23 members of staff, 3 pupils and 14 community contacts

Public health advised all members of staff and pupils to self-isolate for 14 days, with Wednesday September 2 being the last day of that period.

The council can now confirm that the reopening of Kingspark School will take place on a phased basis from Monday September 7 to assist with the safe return of both pupils and staff.

Induction days for staff and pupils will be held across that week.

From Monday September 14, a part-time timetable will be in operation.

It is expected that pupils will return full-time before the October holiday.

Further details about the induction days and timetabling arrangements will be sent to families once they are confirmed.

The school has been contacting families to offer help and support during the closure period and will maintain contact during the recovery and reopening period.

Paul Clancy, executive director of children and families services, said: 'We are carrying out close consultation with families and our colleagues in public health, as well as trade unions, health and safety and Tayside Contracts among others.

'The safety of pupils, staff and everyone working in connection with the school is paramount. We need to ensure safe staffing numbers in Kingspark at all times.

He added: 'That is why we will be implementing a recovery plan that seeks to learn lessons from the outbreak and ensure that Kingspark School can reopen as safely as possible.

'We understand that families and staff may be anxious about this and that is why we are taking a gradual approach and will be taking every opportunity to explain the details to them.

'If anyone has any concerns we will be happy to discuss them directly.'

Dr Ellie Hothersall, Consultant in Public Health NHS Tayside said, 'I would like to thank all staff and children at Kingspark School and their families for following the self-isolation advice, as this is so important in preventing further transmission of the virus in the community."'

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