The Re-opening of Schools
Posted on 8th May 2020 at 07:57
Schools in the UK have now been closed to all students, except for those children classed as vulnerable and children of key workers, for nearly 7 weeks and many expected them to stay closed until the next academic year. However Boris Johnson is due to announce at the end of the week that schools are to reopen for some students as early as 1st June as part of the government's plans to ease the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Students in year 6 are most likely to go back first, followed by the remaining primary years, and pre-GCSE and AS level years in secondary schools.
To make the transition back to school as safe as possible it is thought that schools will be expected to implement plans for continued social distancing such as smaller classes, spaced out classroom seating and staggered break times. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said that the reopening of schools will take place in a "phased manner". Understandably this has caused concerns for Headteachers and other industry professionals with many expressing worries around the safety of children returning to school. Some of the difficulty will lie in the practicalities of ensuring social distancing measures are met in the school environment. Schools with a large number of children in small school buildings will certainly struggle should they need to comply with the ongoing 2 metre social distancing rule.
Many parents are also asking themselves whether it is safe to send their child back to school. It is clear that the continued closure of schools could have a detrimental impact on children's progress however parents will no doubt also feel anxious about the reopening from a safety point of view.
We would like to hear from parents about the reopening of schools. How do you feel about your child going back? Do you have concerns or do you welcome the transition back into the classroom? How does your child feel about it?
We are working with many children and parents remotely during this time and will continue to support families when schools reopen. If you would like to discuss anything education related please do not hesitate to contact us on 01234 480 949.
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