BookitList - Primary Schools Are Back With Limited Pupil Volume To 15 Or Less

The summer holidays are nearing and under the new updated Covid-19 guidance,

Government is hoping to get primary school children back to classrooms for a month prior to the Summer holidays.

No more than 15 pupils can be in a class at any one time in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. There will also be staggered break times and students will be made to wash their hands frequently.

This procedure was deemed “reckless” by the National Education Union.

If parents wish to keep their children at home they could face fines.

PM Boris Johnson, claimed on Sunday that if the infection rate remained in decline, Years 1 to 6 in primary schools could be given the green light to return, with June 1 being the earliest date to do so.

How will schools be kept safe?

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Taking caution is the only way to remain safe

Not only will classes be limited to 15 per class, but they will not be interacting with other classes during breaks and lunch etc. The day will be split up and classes will do social activities in a staggered manner.

Pupils will also be kept 2 metres apart where possible. Even the start and finish times of the school day will be staggered across classes.

What's happening in secondary school?

For secondary school and colleges, they are unlikely to return nearly as soon as primary school students. September looks like the earliest date possible for further education.

There are key exams next year for Years 10-12 and Schools and colleges must make plans for their inevitable face to face contact during that period ahead of time.

How are parents reacting?

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Parents are emotional according to BBC Facebook page

When looking on the BBC’s Family and Education Facebook page, it was obvious that there are a lot of emotions for parents right now.

Kirsty Smith said: "I have a Reception-aged child and then three others in years that aren't going back.

"First thing my youngest will want to do is give her teacher and friends a hug - she's five,

"Telling a child 'no this no that' is going to make them think they're constantly doing wrong by doing things that are natural to them.

"They may split the classes and stagger lunch times but they won't be able to sanitise every pencil, toy, lunch table even before the next child uses it."