Keep schools open

For children’s mental health

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If they close again I think it will have a bigger impact my in children’s mental health

by Glasgowlookingbrighter2020 on October 05, 2020 at 07:37PM

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  • Posted by mstirner October 05, 2020 at 19:49

    Children are at virtually no risk of serious disease from the virus.

    I cannot understand why the government would destroy their future prospects over something that is such low risk for young people.
  • Posted by FridaYasmin October 05, 2020 at 20:04

    What about the mental health of staff who have to go home to people who are shielding or vulnerable or are themselves in an at risk category. If all other council facilities do get closed why should teachers and school staff be forced into unsafe situations. There is very little distancing possible in schools.
  • Posted by HD30 October 05, 2020 at 20:09

    Schools are not just childcare. Please allow visiting teachers in, enable after school activities to run, allow music and singing to happen and allow school day trips (at a minimum). School children will only get these experiences once. If we are to live with the virus for another year or more we cannot just cancel them - the only way they can be replaced is by joining organised activities out of school, which costs money. By depriving children of these things in school the Scottish Government risks widening the attainment and experience gap. This illogical position is partially the result of Local Authority education policy but stronger guidance from the Government would be very welcome in these areas. Thank you.
  • Posted by glenburnjany October 05, 2020 at 20:56

      secondary schools should go to blended learning, at the moment its the best way to go.
  • Posted by Tess37 October 05, 2020 at 21:43

    I agree with FridaYasmin 100%. Staff should not be forced to make a choice between their health possibly their life and a job. Especially a job that could be done at home. However all school staff are being forced in.
  • Posted by Bobsyeruncle October 06, 2020 at 19:34

    This idea is not fair on pupils who are catching the virus from each other in schools, nor on the teachers who are trying to teach with no ability to socially distance in small classrooms with up to 30 large teenagers.
  • Posted by HardWorkPaysOff October 06, 2020 at 22:32

    Schools are critical infrastructure and must remain open. Closing schools causes more harm than good.
  • Posted by Pipkins October 10, 2020 at 15:16

    Blended learning is the best compromise between having a "normal" education and protecting the lives and health of parents and teachers. This was the original plan and was very sensible and cautious. It would have allowed children to return to the classroom in smaller groups while still allowing them to engage at home using technology. It might not have be 100% ideal but would be a lot safer. Supposedly we didn't need to go to blended learning because prevalence of the virus in Scotland was so low. We are now getting over 1000 cases a day and there are still almost no protective measures in places in schools. The virus is mainly transmitted person to person through the air but nothing has been done on improving ventilation, employing filtration or mandating mask use in the classroom. It's very sad that teachers are viewed as expendable and worrying that some parents feel they are at no risk when more and more evidence is showing children do contract and spread Covid-19.
  • Posted by smartlou October 11, 2020 at 16:49

    Schools operating perfectly well being open full time. Now allow them to recommence after school sports, choir and singing again. Let our children be children.....
  • Posted by EffectiveIdeas October 11, 2020 at 20:53

    Blended learning is a disaster whichever way you look at it.

    From the educational point of view (5-year olds working independently at home anyone?) to what happens when kids are not at school, with informal childcare in environments that are neither controlled nor track and traceable.

    In-person school is not risk-free, but the benefits of having kids in their school environment outweigh the risks.

    Still, if some teachers and pupils are concerned and want to stay at home, this should be supported. At the same time schools should be open full time for everyone else.
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