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Live Q&A to discuss residents questions about returning to school

Published Thursday, 27 August 2020

Join the next live #AskTheLeaders Live Coronavirus Q&A on the council’s Facebook page next Wednesday 2 September at 5-6pm, as the panel answer your questions and comments about returning to school.

This next question and answer session will answer your questions, with a special focus on returning to schools and early years settings in York, including guidance around travel, hygiene and support.

Residents are invited to watch live on Facebook to hear from:

  • Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Climate Change (Chair of the panel)
  • Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education
  • Amanda Hatton, Director of Children, Education and Communities
  • Maxine Squire, Assistant Director of Education and Skills
  • Barbara Mands, Head of Early Years and Childcare
  • Tina Hardman, Principal Educational Psychologist
  • Anita Dobson, Nurse Consultant - Public Health

The live event takes place the week before pupils across York return to school on Monday 7 September.

How can I get involved?

Residents can interact with the session by either submitting questions in advance by emailing them to or commenting on the live video on Facebook where leaders will read out questions and respond.* Questions may be answered by theme rather than individually, so that the conversation covers as many topics as possible.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education said;

"Families across York have done a amazing job of keeping children safe, happy and learning these past few months. This is a good opportunity for parents, carers and students to get informed, be reassured and most importantly, ask their questions about how the city plans to safely reopen school to all students on 7 September.

"I'm really looking forward to this discussion and conversation with residents as the city prepares for the Autumn term. Residents can comment live on Facebook or submit their questions beforehand to

Amanda Hatton, Director of Children, Education and Communities said;

“This next live Q&A is an important opportunity for residents to ask us their questions about returning to schools and childcare settings this September. I look forward to sharing with residents the progress we have been making throughout the summer, working with public health and educational settings across the city. 

"Schools and childcare providers across York are looking forward to welcoming all their pupils back at the start of the new term. The work of education and childcare staff is vital for supporting life changes and outcomes for children working. Everyone wants to make schooling as normal as possible over the next few months, while following guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. We’re working closely with schools, academies and childcare providers across the city to help them make this happen.

“The council has created an online parents’ hub with Frequently Asked Questions, newsletters and links to further information. Visit ."

For the latest York updates on service changes, online support and how you can get involved in supporting your community visit

*Please note: Resident do not need a Facebook account to watch the live video however, they will need their own Facebook account to comment on the video with their questions (alternatively questions can be emailed to