Open schools for children with working parents

A phased approach to reopening schools could enable schools to open sooner with reduced class sizes at first.

Already children of key workers and vulnerable children are provided with schooling.

The next step should be to open schools to children where both parents are working. This could apply to those working from home but not those on furlough.

If successful this could then be widened to children with one working parent before opening fully in a final phase.

Consider the difficulties of two parents trying to work full-time from home while providing home school for two locked-down children under the age of 7. The working day usually starts at 8pm for one parent after an exhausting day and finishes after midnight.

Why the contribution is important

It will enable people to do their jobs effectively from home, while allowing schools to open sooner with reduced numbers at first.

by RyanG on May 08, 2020 at 07:03PM

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  • Posted by Dorothy May 09, 2020 at 00:12

    Parents can't get back to work unless school s reopen and if this doesn't happen till after the summer, the kids clubs in leisure centres need to be allowed to reopen
  • Posted by Dorothy May 09, 2020 at 00:15

    Also the ordinary children who are not classed as vulnerable or have special needs should not be at the bottom of the ladder in terms of being allowed back.They are missing school and their friends just as much
  • Posted by AndyNicholson May 09, 2020 at 08:15

    Hi, certainly in our the hubs for keyworkers they are not doing schooling it is childcare
  • Posted by mazy123 May 09, 2020 at 13:21

    Hubs are childcare. Not all hubs are exclusively staffed by teachers. There are many school support staff working in hubs too who cannot be expected to plan or teach lessons. Also each hub room has a wide range in pupil ages and they can all be from different schools. It is not possible for staff to know the abilities or academic need of these children in order to teach them. It would also be unfair to pupils who are not in hubs if keyworkers' children receive new learning during this time. Finally I dont think you realise how many children have 2 working parents. In my class I would probably have over 90% of children return immediately in your plan. That is not a phased return.
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