Health and Wellbeing

I understand people want schools back to protect their businesses, but what many do not understand is that schools are not childcare facilities and we need to move away from the idea of thinking they are. The health and well-being of the children is and must be a priority. Returning to school after a traumatic event such as this, must not be taken lightly. If open before the summer - the children are going to be faced with large changes, not being able to go near friends, staying apart, teachers in masks. What about those teachers who are shielding or self isolating? Upsetting the health and well-being of these children for a matter of weeks of learning (if returning full time) would be detrimental to their health and well-being and this MUST be considered.

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Learning cannot take place until the children are mentally ready to learn. We cannot preach mental health and forget about how difficult it can be to be a child. This situation has been scary, many don’t understand, another huge change for a matter of weeks before coming off for the summer and going back to not being at school for 6 weeks is going to do far more damage than good to them.

by LauraS on May 09, 2020 at 11:55AM

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  • Posted by MargaretAnne May 09, 2020 at 13:23

    Totally agree. Schools are not primarily a childcare facility Health and wellbeing of children is of the utmost importance. They should not be faced with another set of strict rules for a few weeks of possibly part time education. They need to be able to meet family and friends first. Education and learning takes place best when we have happy,healthy children who feel they are in a secure safe place at school. To me, as a former Head Teacher, returning to school should be akin to a celebration not another threat of possible passing on an illness to loved ones and the pressure of keeping "the rules" not to do so. Let our children be children. Let us not burden them further. Give schools time and guidance to plan how to reopen and let it be a joyful celebration- for children and parents. Let's celebrate how well our children have done in a really difficult harsh time for them . Let's celebrate how well parents have done homeschooling Let parents proudly wave off their wee ones to trusted school staff when it is safe to do so - and not before
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