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Kingspark School pupils to return full-time this month following Covid-19 closure

Kingspark School in Dundee.
Kingspark School in Dundee.

Kingspark School pupils will return fully by the end of the month,  Dundee City Council has confirmed.

The local authority said that from Monday September 21, all staff pupils will return to the school on a full-time basis.

This follows a phased reopening which was introduced as part of a “recovery plan “to assist with the safe return of those at the school .

Induction days for staff and pupils are being held throughout this week and a part-time timetable will be in operation from Monday September 14.

The council is taking a gradual approach because the safety of pupils, staff and everyone working in connection with the school is paramount. Safe staffing numbers need to be ensured in Kingspark at all times.”

Paul Clancy, executive director of children and families services

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

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

Kingspark has around 185 pupils aged between five and 18 who have additional support needs, as well as 150 teaching staff and additional healthcare workers.

Dundee City Council’s children and families services have been working closely with families, trade unions, health and safety, NHS partners, Angus Council Tayside Contracts and public health officials to prepare for the safe reopening.

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Paul Clancy, executive director of children and families services, said: “I would like to thank families for their patience during what has been a very anxious time for them. We want to assure them that every effort has been made to enable the safe reopening of the school.

“The council is taking a gradual approach because the safety of pupils, staff and everyone working in connection with the school is paramount. Safe staffing numbers need to be ensured in Kingspark at all times.

“Everyone connected with the school is determined to learn lessons from the outbreak as we go forward.”

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