206 schools across Leeds use council facilities for their swimming provision!
For many children, particularly those living in more deprived areas, school may be the only opportunity they will have to learn how to swim and be safe in and around the water. Despite being on the national curriculum, around one in five children leave primary school unable to swim.
It is incredibly important that children do not miss out on School Swimming and Water Safety lessons as a result of Covid-19.
Can swimming lessons resume?
The latest government update has stated swimming pools can begin to open and Swim England has produced a number of documents to support returning to pools. Spend time talking to your provider to find out what changes have been put in place so you are able to relay these to your children to ensure they are prepared for their return to swimming lessons.
Consider the following:
- Grouping –where possible pupils should be in their bubble or, if that is not possible, ensure social distancing.
- Group Size – this will need to be discussed with the swim provider as it will be dependent on the facility and pool space at the appropriate depth.
- Changing – will changing rooms be available? It is advisable that pupils arrive wearing their swimwear under their clothes.
- Showering – showering before swimming is vital, discuss with your provider protocols for this.
Your risk assessment will need to be updated accordingly.
All schools who are due to start the Autumn Term w/c 14th Sept in a Leeds City Council facility have been emailed with the following notice:
As you will be aware school swimming is scheduled to begin again w/c 14th September, we are working through re-opening plans for your return and hope to have further information available within the next 2 weeks.