Consider teachers / lecturers situations when plotting return of schools

There is a lot of talk of staggering and phasing return to schools., half classes / reduced classes etc. Please include, in your consideration that a significant number of teachers and lecturers have children and if you stagger return to school / nurseries across all ages it is very likely that you will want teachers to teach when their children are not in school. Who looks after their children ?

Why the contribution is important

teachers unavailable to teach reduced / staggered classes.

by Paul694 on May 06, 2020 at 08:13PM

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  • Posted by Thistle May 06, 2020 at 20:58

    Teachers not unique with this - who looks after everyone's children? Schools aren't childcare facilities though.
  • Posted by BUTEMACS May 06, 2020 at 21:06

    Agree too many have used schools /nursery as child care facilities & it's showing up massively under the current crisis along with grandparents as unpaid childcare.
  • Posted by MrsAytsy May 06, 2020 at 21:09

    All school staff. Not just teachers.
  • Posted by djcoupsey39 May 06, 2020 at 21:45

    Agreed!I will have nobody to care for my own child if I have to go back to work as a teacher
    A solution could be that those without caring responsibilities go back and teach the kids (most are already volunteering for hubs atm) those with kids continue working from home
  • Posted by djcoupsey39 May 06, 2020 at 21:55

    However, it would need to be rota based as it is now for the hubs.
    I still dont think it would be safe to even consider sending kids back in the next few months until we have flattened the curve for a good few months
    The kids are the main vectors of viruses
    Schools/nurseries should be the last place to be opening IMO
  • Posted by Jaba May 07, 2020 at 00:00

    Schools should remain closed until the virus is controlled. How can a school environment be adapted to allow social distancing? It is impossible. Staggered return is also fraught with many difficulties. As a retired teacher (secondary) I think any attempt to do this would only create more problems.
  • Posted by Natasha07 May 07, 2020 at 07:42

    I think a point when opening certain hubs or for a phased return would be to remember that- teachers, nursery teachers, cleaners, janitor etc have families at home and could (like myself) struggle to go back to work. I am a single mum, and if my out of school care returns before the nursery opens then I am without childcare and possibly loose my job.
  • Posted by Getmeootofhere May 07, 2020 at 08:05

    Kids are suffering at home. They are not learning
  • Posted by Indyref May 07, 2020 at 08:42

    Please remember that many school staff fall within the vulnerable category and can be put at risk if everyone returns too early.

  • Posted by WBRnotes May 07, 2020 at 22:41

    This will affect all those working, won't it - not just school staff? If their children aren't in school, who will look after them when parents or guardians are working?
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