The council would like to sincerely thank Warrington’s schools, colleges, child care providers and Chester University for their vital ongoing support in the face of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Schools and child care providers in the borough have played essential roles so far to support the borough’s COVID-19 response. They have kept their doors open to children of key workers and other, more vulnerable, children to guarantee that they continue to receive education and support.
Warrington’s education partners have also played a central role in supplying much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for Warrington’s front line carers.
Cllr Matt Smith, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Our schools and other education partners have stepped up to the difficult challenge with dedication and assuredness, to ensure that support and provision is in place for those who need it most.
“I have been particularly reassured by the support our education partners continue to provide to our most vulnerable children, and those with SEND or other additional support needs. The service our schools continue to provide stands alongside our wonderful NHS and front-line key workers who have been at the heart of Warrington’s coronavirus response.
“I’d also like to thank colleagues across the education sector in Warrington who have come forward with generous PPE donations to ensure that we can continue to provide safe care to our most vulnerable residents.
“Penketh High School, UTC Warrington, Sir Thomas Boteler High School, and the University of Chester are just some of our partners who have helped boost our PPE stocks with vital donations. With national supply chains under continuous pressure, we are very grateful for your generous local support.
“I’d also like to thank Beamont Collegiate Academy and Lymm High School who have been particularly inventive, using 3D printers to make protective visors. Beamont Collegiate Academy have also been creating valves which can be used to repurpose diving masks to act as breathing aids.
“This level of outstanding support and innovation from all of our education partners has been truly outstanding and humbling.”
For the latest information on coronavirus in Warrington, including changes to services, please visit warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus.