Families thinking ahead to the start of the September term can find a range of advice and support in a Back to School booklet published by Wiltshire Council.
Schools are getting ready to open their doors to all pupils from September – for the first time fully since March.
Schools have been busy preparing to ensure pupils can safely return and each school will be contacting families to set out how the new school day will work and providing practical advice.
Wiltshire Council has produced the booklet as an easy reference point with advice on how to prepare your child for going back, FAQs and general advice on where to find help and support.
Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills said: “After months of being at home there will be students who can’t wait to go back and others who are daunted by the prospect.
“We know schools have been very busy preparing to ensure we have the right timetables and systems in place so pupils can confidently return to school and I want to recognise all of their efforts to be ready.
“This booklet provides tips on how to get into the mindset of returning to school and also some helpful general advice we hope everyone will find useful.”
Where possible pupils are being encouraged to walk and cycle to school. The Wiltshire Council website also has a range of advice and FAQs on school transport as pupils return. There is information on dedicated school transport and pupils taking public transport.
People can find the Back to School Booklet here
People can find the information on school transport here
Melksham South Councilllor Jon Hubbard added “As young people start thinking about returning to school I know that some will be quite worried.
“I know that our schools in Melksham are working really hard to make sure it is safe or everyone to be able to return, but if you just want to talk to someone about how you feel then you can always call TeenTalk on 01225 667328.
“I would like to thank everyone who works at all of our schools in the town for putting in so much effort to make it possible for them to reopen.”