Blended learning

Move to blended learning for schools. Parents are trying to do the right thing by distancing and following the rules but it’s absolutely counter productive to keep schools running as normal. Adults - don’t mix with other households but children can mix with over 60 other households each day for 7 hours. It’s not only clear that children become infected and CAN get seriously ill, but they will also infect their parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters.

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Children are at risk and also putting families at risk. We all deserve the chance to protect our families.

by Davidmcconnell on October 11, 2020 at 03:25PM

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  • Posted by QuantumT October 11, 2020 at 16:20

    Whilst schools are fully open the infection will travel to all homes and spread through parents, grandparents and their wider communities. It cannot be avoided whilst schools are fully open and no matter what precautions you take the virus will be circling in our communities.
  • Posted by smartlou October 11, 2020 at 16:35

    School being open full time is working perfectly well. Not one single case of Covid in my child's high school. Kids know what they need to do, they are sick and tired if it but know what needs done.
  • Posted by EffectiveIdeas October 11, 2020 at 17:39

    Schools open full time is the only sensible option. Blended learning would just mean children mixing with more groups than at school, as parents scramble to provide childcare on the days the kids are not in school. Blended schooling is also ineffective for younger children who need more steering and social interaction to engage in learning. If some parents are concerned about their children being at school, then there should be the option to keep their children at home for a period of time during the pandemic with some funding/support to enable that. The solution is not, however, to take full-time education away from all children, especially after the recent school closures. Let us enable choice so that each family has a viable option based on its own risk assessment, but let's not take away the option of full-time schooling from everyone.
  • Posted by Chris512 October 11, 2020 at 20:42

    We already have that plan in place, a lot of issues emerged during the summer term though of low levels of engagement, widespread barriers to access to wifi, internet (and enough bandwidth to stream a lesson), computers (able to run the relevant software etc), a safe and quiet space in which to engage with learning, parental support (very variable) etc. I think unfortunately that unless most of these other issues are effectively overcome, this has to be a fallback option for use in a lockdown situation; another contributor has suggested planned lockdowns and I think this would be the time to run a partial attendance and online learning approach. Much smaller classes and a lot more outdoor based learning would help reduce likelihood of cross infection but this needs sufficient staff (PVG cleared etc) to run and few schools can do this.
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