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collageofphotos Sat 01-Aug-20 10:34:23

It's now looking like full school re-opening is in doubt, unfortunately - I'm so torn about whether to be open with my DC (10 and 8) about this fact or just keep talking as though it's definitely all back to normal in September.

I'm leaning towards the latter, but wondered what others are planning to do? For context, one of my DC is desperate to get back to school, the other is absolutely dreading it, which makes things complicated...

It feels like it will be a huge shock to suddenly have to announce on eg Sept 1st (as last-minute announcements seem to be this government's specialty hmm) that it won't be happening after all, but on the other hand I don't want them to be worried for a whole month before we know what's actually happening...

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Judethe0bscure Sat 01-Aug-20 10:39:40

limey- haven't seen that on the news. Doesn't say anything on our school website. Is it a local thing?

Judethe0bscure Sat 01-Aug-20 10:39:53

blimey

cardibach Sat 01-Aug-20 10:41:31

Well, full, full time school opening is a really bad idea for lots of reasons discussed elsewhere, but I’m not seeing any indication any of the UK governments are moving away from the plan. Why do you think this?

Pesimistic Sat 01-Aug-20 10:43:53

They will open, unless theres a massive spike but I can see them still opening regsrdless

RedskyAtnight Sat 01-Aug-20 10:46:37

I think there's so many things that could happen at the moment, there is no way we can prepare our children for all of them! So I'd stick with working on the basis that, at the moment, schools will be going back in September. Does the 10 year old have access to their own phone/tablet? Chances are they may be pretty clued up already anyway.

Normandy144 Sat 01-Aug-20 10:47:18

I've not seen this news. I think just carry on as normal and prepare for a September start. Don't make a big thing out of it either way. We don't really talk about school during the holidays as it is so far off. Let them enjoy the summer and worry about it nearer the time chances are things won't change.

kimlo Sat 01-Aug-20 10:47:22

I'm not saying anything, dd2 is going in to year 7 and I don't think she could cope with well maybe lets see.

I think they will open, staying open is another matter. If not I'll deal with that at the time.

starrynight19 Sat 01-Aug-20 10:47:53

They will open without a doubt. Whether they are able to remain open is yet to be seen.
I imagine lots of opening and closing / bubbles being sent him to isolate in reality.

starrynight19 Sat 01-Aug-20 10:48:18

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GetUpAgain Sat 01-Aug-20 10:48:29

I'm just not mentioning it either way, so much can change in a month. Will get school uniform the last week of the holidays.

Hugepeppapigfan Sat 01-Aug-20 10:49:11

Schools will open in September. It’s inevitable that classes and year groups and maybe whole schools will close again before October half term when the staff all get ill.

JustFrigginNameChange Sat 01-Aug-20 10:52:37

I hope to god they open, my child's education should not be sacrificed any longer so that a tiny percentage of people don't get ill (Don't want to get covid? Stay inside).

I'm fed up of it. And I've been working all throughout lockdown, full time, so I've not been able to do all the home-schooling other parents have managed.

collageofphotos Sat 01-Aug-20 10:57:37

Thanks all, I think it's likely best not to mention it until we know for sure.

The government has said school opening is a 'priority' but they also are allowing huge 'bubbles', and we are already seeing a rise in cases now, so I'm not that hopeful.

Have read various articles questioning whether it will actually happen, but of course nothing's official yet.

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Teacher12345 Sat 01-Aug-20 10:58:46

They will open. The furlough scheme needs to end and most parents need kids in school to be able to work. The spread within schools when key worker children were attending were unheard of so I think it is safe to say it will go ahead. I will point out that this doesn't mean they didn't happen, just that if they did, they weren't publicised due to wanting and needing kids to return and parents to feel safe sending them.
I would never tell my kids they are "definitley" going back though. Just that "the plan" is for them to go back in September.

mbosnz Sat 01-Aug-20 11:05:54

Personally, for me, I'm telling them there is the possibility that things might be delayed, but it's impossible to tell, because things are very uncertain and change so quickly, so we're going to hope and prepare for the best, but also, for the worst.

And for one of your kids, the best is school reopening, and the worst is it still not reopening, and for the other, the other way round. So everyone can be equally hopeful, happy and miserable, all at the same time. . .

Dahlietta Sat 01-Aug-20 11:09:52

I'll be very surprised if they don't open, but I accept that anything is possible! I certainly wouldn't say anything to them yet.

corythatwas Sat 01-Aug-20 11:10:36

Don't want to get covid? Stay inside

errr… does that apply to NHS staff too?

TingTastic Sat 01-Aug-20 11:13:55

They have said that they will priories school opening. Hopefully they will choose to shut pubs etc rather than schools

Chickychoccyegg Sat 01-Aug-20 11:15:33

I'm in Scotland, schools here are all going back w/b 10th August, all schools different first week: part week due to insevice days/phasing in etc , all back full time on 17th August, not heard that England may be going back part time, that interesting,

lyralalala Sat 01-Aug-20 11:15:47

I've kept it on a "schools are planning to open, but things can change so it might be full time, but it might be part-time, we just need to wait and see" all the way through as things change so quickly.

Yawningyawning Sat 01-Aug-20 11:15:53

I’m being open that it might not happen, but that it’s the plan at the moment.

SteelyPanther Sat 01-Aug-20 11:17:21

I would say that nothing is certain yet.
I know there is a meeting in August - think it’s the 11th - to decide how to move forward in our area.
But I think everyone needs to accept that there will be changes depending upon the local situation, and even in individual schools.

motherrunner Sat 01-Aug-20 11:17:38

Teacher12345

They will open. The furlough scheme needs to end and most parents need kids in school to be able to work. The spread within schools when key worker children were attending were unheard of so I think it is safe to say it will go ahead. I will point out that this doesn't mean they didn't happen, just that if they did, they weren't publicised due to wanting and needing kids to return and parents to feel safe sending them.
I would never tell my kids they are "definitley" going back though. Just that "the plan" is for them to go back in September.

This.

A ‘plan’ is not a definite, just prepare your DC for the likelihood of any disruptions.

I saw that as a teacher and a parent.

motherrunner Sat 01-Aug-20 11:17:48

*say

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