Helping to ensure safe schooling for all

While children themselves may not be too adversely affected by covid 19, teachers, support staff and parents can be. As soon as any pupils return to school a staggered start time would be required to allow safe and controlled start to the day. As there is a clear need for social distancing in the classroom, class sizes will need to be reduced. Most classrooms are already filled to capacity. A morning session fir one half and an afternoon session fir the other half woukd be possible with cleaning in between. No school lunches consumed on site. Instead those entitled to free meals go in morning group and take food home with them. This also means no lunchtime break, thereby reducing the risk of children breaking social distancing guidelines. Again fibish times at lunch and second session need to be staggered to keep adults safer and pupils too. Additionally, staff should be tested with antibody test before returning to schools. If they have had the virus then the level if PPE would not be as great. Those who have not had the virus should have full PPE. Training should be given by health care workers in to the correct use of PPE. Finally, for those pupils who are not attending school a distance learning and support package should be put into place. This will need greater staffing levels as teachers delivering face to face lessons will already be at or beyond the level of contact lessons they ought to be delivering. One last point, perhaps explore teaching and learning outdoors as the spread of virus appears to be much greater in enclosed environments such as classrooms.

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Gives a teacher's perspective on how we can safely begin face-to-face teaching and learning, while maintaining safety of staff, parents and pupils.

by VMM on May 10, 2020 at 05:59PM

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  • Posted by cbellat May 10, 2020 at 18:31

    Schools need to be one of the first to open in order for parents to go back to work.
  • Posted by SAR May 10, 2020 at 19:34

    Lots of good, sensible ideas
  • Posted by KJF May 10, 2020 at 20:45

    These are all practical and worthwhile ideas. However, different modes of learning and teaching undertaken need to be cohesive and aligned to avoid confusion and time filling using worksheets.
  • Posted by Pumpkin2017 May 10, 2020 at 21:00

    Half days would lead to greater numbers of people crossing paths at lunchtime. A day or week about rotation might work better for parents also. There's a number of council staff not working at the moment as their services aren't essential so they could be redeployed into cleaning schools throughout the day.
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