Schools in Halton and Wirral could open as early as next week allowing some children to return to the classroom for the first time in 11 weeks.

In Wirral, there are also plans that could see secondary students return in the middle of this month.

So far, Halton has not ruled out reopening schools to children of non-key workers from June 8, with primary schools in the borough expecting some children to return on that date.

Wirral Council is aiming for primary schools to reopen on June 8, followed by secondary schools on June 15 to pupils in Year 10 and Year 12.

No council in the city region agreed to reopen schools on June 1 despite the government urging teachers to begin a phased return to normal, and most local authorities have indicated that their schools are unlikely to reopen until June 15.

But Halton has said its schools could reopen earlier than that if it is safe to do so.

Neither borough opened schools yesterday.

A spokesperson for Wirral Council said on Monday: “We have spoken to schools today and are not aware of any schools opening to more pupils.

“This week we are focused on increasing the number of vulnerable/ EHCP children in school. We will be reviewing school plans again this week.”

The ECHO can confirm this review will be targeted at reopening primary schools next week and secondary schools the week after.

In a statement last week, a spokesperson for Halton Council said: "Halton schools will not open before June 8 and only then if deemed safe, following detailed risk assessments being undertaken and social distancing and other measures being put in place by each school."

Some schools in the borough have already told parents that they will begin gradually reopening from June 8.

In most cases, these are primary schools such as Simms Cross in Widnes, which has told parents that some children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be able to come back to school from June 8.

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The Grange Academy in Runcorn sent a letter to parents last week saying “support the transition of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6” into the school from June 8.

The letter also said that Year 10 pupils could begin receiving “face-to-face support” from June 15.

Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes has told parents it is also aiming to bring some Year 10 pupils back to school in small groups for face-to-face teaching from June 15.