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Back to school' for thousands of school children in Harrogate district

It's a big day for thousands of children across the Harrogate district as they head back to school for the first time in months.

It's a big day for thousands of children across the Harrogate district as they head back to school for the first time in months. Schools were forced to close their doors to all but vulnerable children and kids of key workers when the current national lockdown began in early January. It has meant a return to home learning for many, with parents having to juggle their own jobs with helping their children. But from today, primary school children will get the chance to see their classmates and teachers in person once again, with secondary school pupils having a phased return in the coming days. Children at secondary schools will be asked to wear face coverings, and take regular Covid tests. Emma Meadus, headteacher of Coppice Valley Primary School in Harrogate, said:

"I want to say thank you to the children and parents for all their hard work at home during remote education, thank you for their support of the school, and we can't wait to see everybody this morning! "Teachers have been having to still teach in school, and teach children at home as well, so it's like double the workload. It's been very difficult so we're really glad that's coming to an end. "Anyone who thinks teachers and teaching assistants are at home watching Netflix, it's not happened, it's not happened since last March, we've never worked harder or longer hours."
 

Emma Meadus, headteacher of Coppice Valley Primary School in Harrogate

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