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Will schools open for all dc in September?

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Blockpavingpath Sat 09-May-20 20:26:08

I know schools are open to key worker dc currently but I’m getting increasingly worried they won’t be back in September. My 15 year old has never suffered from depression but I can see his mood getting lower and lower every day and I’m getting worried. He thrives on structure and we’re trying to implement that but it’s just not the same as being at school.

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PotteringAlong Sat 09-May-20 20:26:38

No one knows...

Redwinestillfine Sat 09-May-20 20:28:22

If cases dramatically fall and they can keep the R number low they may...

CallmeAngelina Sat 09-May-20 20:31:44

Absolutely no idea but it will be us teachers' fault either way.

MrJellyBean Sat 09-May-20 20:34:34

Social distancing will need to be adhered to come September unless a vaccine is developed before then. To facilitate this, schools can operate at 20% capacity. Hopefully a vaccine can be developed this quickly, this appears unlikely from what I've read. I've no idea what the solution to this is. Also, EYFS are going to struggle with social distancing rules. Again, no idea on a solution to this one

Bigfishylittlefishy Sat 09-May-20 20:36:55

I’ve been wondering this too. I’m praying they are back in at least some capacity by September.

coronabeer23 Sat 09-May-20 20:40:00

I hope so

EvilTwins Sat 09-May-20 20:42:34

They need to be back much sooner than that. The impact on teenagers, in particular, is huge and we will have a much bigger issue on our hands if it continues.

Camomila Sat 09-May-20 20:42:57

No one knows.
If I were in charge of primary I'd have half the class in on Monday and Tuesday, deep clean Wednesday and the other half in on Thursday and Friday. Probably there's problems with this but I think it'd be better than having half in the morning and half in the afternoon.

BrutusMcDogface Sat 09-May-20 20:45:57

@CallmeAngelina - keep your knickers on!

In answer to your op- I bloody hope so!!

SallyLovesCheese Sat 09-May-20 20:53:44

I hope so. I'd like them to go back earlier but there's the headache of trying to figure out how first. I miss teaching properly, I just want some normality in my life!

Barbie222 Sat 09-May-20 20:57:04

@Camomila I'd think that would be a good solution. Or 4 days on, deep clean, left for weekend.

Barbie222 Sat 09-May-20 20:58:49

@SallyLovesCheese me too. Today's been a really hard day. I wanted to have at least some of my class in June, not just babysitting or being one of the Y6 TAs.

Frustratedsenmummy Sat 09-May-20 21:01:05

It won't be normal but they will be in in some form.

My DDs usual reception teacher is currently her 1-2-1 2days a week. It's bizarre

Summersunandoranges Sat 09-May-20 21:01:40

They will be open by September. If not purely to let people get back to work. We can’t all hide at home forever as we need people to pay taxes for hospitals and pay back the furlough!

frasersmummy Sat 09-May-20 21:10:01

I. Worry about part time though my ds is due to sit national 5s..
He won't manage that part time.. And I don't see how sd would work at secondary
They all move classes every 50 mind

formerbabe Sat 09-May-20 21:14:47

Asap as far as I'm concerned...I'm incredibly worried about my dcs education and their mental well being. I don't think social distancing will be workable in schools and to be honest I would be happy for schools to go back to normal. Even part time hours would be good though.

formerbabe Sat 09-May-20 21:16:03


I saw something on the news the other day where they were suggesting the kids stay in one classroom and the teachers move classrooms instead, which sounds sensible to me.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 09-May-20 21:24:09

God, I hope so. At some point, the government has to start prioritising other forms of well-being over Covid, the primary one being people's mental health and the impact of keeping us all confined like this.

Teenagers are really struggling. This virus is not going to go anywhere quickly, so the government needs to find a way that we can live and continue to function with it. Whenever we leave lockdown, we risk a second spike so -what? Do we cower at home forever?

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 09-May-20 21:26:02

formerbabe - that's a bit shit for all the kids who don't study geography when the geography teacher walks in, for example. Or the ones who don't study French when it's time for the French students to have their lesson. How is that managed?

formerbabe Sat 09-May-20 21:29:57

No idea, I just heard it on the news. I guess they could stagger numbers moving around.

Personally I think social distancing won't work in schools and I'd be happy to send mine back right away without it.

This can't go on imo and i agree the government needs to consider well being rather than just coronavirus now.

RigaBalsam Sat 09-May-20 21:29:57

CallmeAngelina - keep your knickers on!

In answer to your op- I bloody hope so!!

*How patronising. Are you normally so misogynistic?

I would hope so Op. Hopefully the testing will be up and running.*

cantkeepawayforever Sat 09-May-20 21:30:29

I think if R remains below 1 - well below 1 - until September, then the options for opening schools 'properly' in September become much more feasible, simply because the level of community infection will be low enough for the probability of someone carrying the virus into school will be low.

Test, track and trace will also work well for much lower numbers, so any outbreak can be quickly contained (see what happened in South Korea today, where there new infections per day are now in double digits rather than still up in multiple thousands).

HouseTornado Sat 09-May-20 21:34:51

I've been wondering why some schools - like my son's who only have 15 kids a day coming in - can't organise some transition sessions for Y6's?

Obviously only if safe and manageable but they could do 5 kids a day on rotation until they open for everyone else (if they open for everyone else).

If the Y6's have had their sessions then that frees up space for younger groups later on?

My child is in Y5, so I have no vested interest, genuine question.

SionnachRua Sat 09-May-20 21:37:38

Tbh I don't think social distancing can be effectively implemented in schools. Possibly in secondary school or with older primary kids...but with young children? Not a hope.

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