In early May, the Government made the announcement that under certain criteria, schools would reopen in June for some year groups.
Since then many schools across England have been working towards reopening.
But what have they been doing?
And is there any way you can help?
In this blog I want to offer some clarification about the current situation and give you some information about what schools’ plans and preparations look like.
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Along with Nurseries (including private settings), Primary Schools will aim to reopen for Reception,
Year 1 and Year 6. In addition to this, Secondary Schools will be asked to provide remote learning for Year 10 and Year 12.
However, full attendance is not expected by schools or the Government. In fact, it is anticipated that under 50% of pupils in the selected year groups will return to the classrooms in early June. The Government has stated that parents will not be penalised at this time if they decide not to take their child to school.
The Government’s plan is to have all Primary School children back in school before the summer holidays.
The biggest change we will see in classrooms is that pupils will be taught in bubbles. What this means is that classes will be split into groups, with probably no more than 15 children, alongside a teacher and possibly a teaching assistant as well.
Within this bubble, teachers are expected to keep the pupils two metres apart in class. The children in each bubble will have breaks and lunch together and will be expected to arrive and leave school together as well. The children will not be permitted to come into contact with anyone from any other bubbles.
This is to ensure that, in the unfortunate event someone contracts COVID-19, it can be kept within that bubble and not spread anywhere else.
There are also plans to set up one-way systems in corridors and ensure children only enter school from the outside. They will also stagger playtimes, lunch and even start and finish times, so there is never a mass gathering of pupils, teachers or parents all at once.
Due to the staff resource and extra space needed to implement these plans, some schools are currently only able to offer part-time places to their pupils. We’re aware that there is a variation in plans, for example, some schools are offering morning only or afternoon only sessions, and some are offering two full days per week for the children.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We know that the Government has advised that teachers and pupils do not wear PPE. However, we also know that some schools are purchasing PPE on behalf of their staff and others are allowing teachers to bring in their own if needed.
This situation is ever changing but at time of writing that is how things stand and I will obviously update you if it should change.
Depending on further Government announcements, the upcoming reviews of the exit strategy and any subsequent decisions made, this information may become quickly outdated.
As ever, things are changing day by day.
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