The past weeks have been challenging and we are now moving into a different set of challenges for those working in and supporting schools.
The mixed messages, varying circumstances and demands placed on both the schools and contractors have resulted in there being many different scenarios with some schools remaining open requiring cleaning and catering services to schools being closed with some contractors being stood down and having to take difficult decisions regarding staff such as furlough or redundancy.
This will mean that contractors will be in different positions to cope with the challenges ahead and we all need to appreciate the struggles they have had to grapple with financially over the past eight weeks.
It now looks likely that schools will be open to some pupils from 1st June.
We fully appreciate the challenges this will pose to the school community. With staggered arrivals, smaller groups, smaller groups at lunch and snacks and the need to additional cleaning and hygiene processes it is really important that they also discuss changes with their contractors and that all work together to try and provide a clean safe environment for children and all staff, school and contractor.
Schools are likely to have the expectation that contractors will be able to mobilise, re mobilise, adapt, vary and or modify their delivery. This may involve staff who are currently furloughed, staff who are shielding or under quarantine, some unfilled vacancies due to the pandemic and changed health and safety and menu requirements.