A message from Harrow Council Leader Graham Henson
“As you know, schools are due to start gradually returning after this half term week.
"Early Years and Year 6 will be first to join the current 'small schools' (for key workers and disadvantaged children) that have continued to run during lockdown.
"We know that many of our residents, quite rightly, are still concerned about infection and I wanted to try to reassure you as best I can.
“Head teachers, unions, governors and others are working hard to increase the numbers in schools by ensuring it is safe to return to the building and be together.
“It is a worrying time for everyone but children will be allowed back only if it is decided their school meets the necessary requirements.
“While schools in Harrow have a high level of independence, the council will support them in whatever they decide.
"Our priority is always to ensure the safety of those who live and work in Harrow.
“Hopefully the NHS Test and Trace scheme will help. From today, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted to share information about their recent interactions. It might mean household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact or within 2m for more than 15 minutes.
"This includes children under 5 for the first time to help support the phased opening of schools and childcare settings in England.
"As always, I want to thank teachers and parents for all their hard work and understanding. I'd also like to add a big thank you to all our children for adapting so well, taking everything in their stride and shining as they always do."