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Will key worker kids be in a separate bubble?

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Seasiderabbit Sun 17-May-20 22:32:58

Does anyone know if children of key workers will join a bubble with children from their class from 1st June?

Or will they stay with the children of other key workers in a mixed age/year group class?

I'm asking because my Reception age DD is currently at school because DH is a key worker.

Apologies is this is covered in another thread.

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bluechameleon Sun 17-May-20 22:36:09

At my son's school key worker children will be in a separate bubble because they are offered full time and extended hours whereas the others are being offered part time and shortened hours.

pfrench Sun 17-May-20 22:36:35

Ask your school.

FusionChefGeoff Sun 17-May-20 22:36:36

All schools are doing it slightly differently depending on their risk assessment so you'd need to ask them I think.

toolatetooearly Sun 17-May-20 22:48:15

This is a good question, and one I hadn't considered, as my Y1 daughter been going since March. I just presumed she'd be in with her class, but maybe not. Will ask school tomorrow

IHateCoronavirus Sun 17-May-20 22:56:42

In our school they will be kept in a separate mixed bubble. They will be given priority care with slightly longer hours and not allowed to mix with others due to perceived risk of picking something up from their key worker parents.
The day will be different for them though. We have put on all kinds of ‘fun’ activities for them over the previous weeks as we have not been allowed to teach them. These activities will not be possible under the proposed guidelines which is sad.
It was lovely to give these children a bit of joy while their parents faced such sadness at work.

Sharkyfan Sun 17-May-20 23:01:53

@IHateCoronaVirus I get the bit about hours but the bit about them being separate because of perceived risk of picking something up from their keyworker parents doesn’t quite make sense does it -
I’m a keyworker at higher risk of picking up the virus but my dd hasn’t been going in thus far because dh has been wfh.

IHateCoronavirus Sun 17-May-20 23:05:58

Sharky if you haven’t been sending her in as a keyworker child I doubt they would count her as a keyworker child. My guess is she will be placed with her normal year group.

Seasiderabbit Mon 18-May-20 08:59:31

Thank you for your replies. It is very helpful to know what other schools are doing.

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SophieB100 Mon 18-May-20 09:30:05

Definitely in separate bubble at ours. The key worker kids we have in are split into groups of 5, and they don't mix with the other groups either.

Drivingdownthe101 Mon 18-May-20 09:33:38

In our school yes.

Seasiderabbit Mon 18-May-20 10:00:03

What about kids who do actually have key worker parents but haven't been in school? I know many parents who are key workers, but haven't sent their kids to school yet for various reasons. Come June 1st, will they be in with their normal class?

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HeyChief Mon 18-May-20 10:24:01

In my dds school they are stopping childcare first all key workers children in yrs R,1 and 6 so it will be school hours only.
At my school key worker parents will get a choice of continuing childcare or going in class bubbles (for fewer hours)

HeyChief Mon 18-May-20 10:25:01

I can’t imagine any school will ask key worker children who haven’t used childcare so far to start doing it now.

GrimmsFairytales Mon 18-May-20 10:31:13

At my school the children who are already been attending will be in a separate bubble, because they are eligible for before and after school care.

I suspect each school will have a different way of doing things, and the only way to know for sure will be to contact your child's school.

Seasiderabbit Mon 18-May-20 10:43:35

Thanks @HeyChief, that makes sense. I'll suggest this to our school. They are in the process of working all this out which is why I haven't asked them yet. I'm hoping DD will have the choice because all her friends who she is missing will be in her normal class. I also totally understand this is a difficult situation and managing risk is important.

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greathat Mon 18-May-20 11:02:59

The government document I read was that key worker children would join their own year group.

greathat Mon 18-May-20 11:04:48

Bearing in mind the government guidance also said it was fine to ignore the government guidance

rc22 Mon 18-May-20 11:10:39

In our school, the plan is for them to be separate at the moment because the key worker groups will be running full time and the year groups may only be part time.

rc22 Mon 18-May-20 11:12:21

But parents will be able to choose whether they want their child to remain in the key worker group or join year group. They won't be able to dip in and out of both though as they are not allowed to be part of two "bubbles."

Laiste Mon 18-May-20 11:23:04

greathat ''Bearing in mind the government guidance also said it was fine to ignore the government guidance''

!! grin You couldn't make this up! I don't know weather to laugh or cry to be honest.

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