Sutton Council has announced its plans for the reopening of schools this week.

Council authorities have been working closely with schools to ensure they can reopen from the start of the Autumn term, with some continuing with their normal phased return.

It follows the governments announcement at the end of the last term that all children and young people, in all year groups, will return to their educational settings.

The council has been working with headteachers and school leaders to advise on a number of issues including school drop offs, PPE and travel arrangements.

As well as, introducing a series of school streets which will take place from the start of this month.

The school streets programme aims to help pupils and parents travel to school safely.

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Councillor Marian James, Chair of the People Committee said: "It has been a huge effort from schools, settings and parents in collaboration with Council and Cognus staff to get us where we are today.

"Traditionally, the Autumn term brings with it excitement for parents and children, but this year that excitement is tempered.

"Some parents and pupils may have concerns about the return to school and I would encourage those parents to seek the support they need.

"Additionally, young people can participate in the "Back to School Forum” facilitated by Community Action Sutton.

"It is important that children and young people return to school and college for their educational progress, well-being, and wider development.

"As a council, we are ambitious that despite the challenges facing parents, carers and education’ professionals across the borough, that school will open next week, providing a safe and secure learning environment.”

Sutton Council has confirmed that fines for non-attendance will not be in place this week, although schools will be following their usual process to encourage attendance.