Reduced school week

As a teacher I am concerned about contaminating my pupils and vice versa. I also miss them terribly and want them all to return to school. My proposal is that we stagger our class groups to allow a portion of the class to attend on different days throughout the week. This still puts us at risk but there is a better chance of the risk being managed.

Why the contribution is important

I realise that this proposal is not ideal for parents who want a return to normal practice, but that is unrealistic and would cause too great a risk for us all. A reduction in the school week will allow us to access most of our pupils and maintain a relationship and support network for them. Teaching and learning would be focused on 'school' days then tasks would be set for 'home' days. Classrooms and other school areas are being set up with social distancing in mind, less pupils makes this task easier.

by MsHealy on May 10, 2020 at 06:34PM

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  • Posted by KJF May 10, 2020 at 20:41

    A reduction in the school week is only a viable option if the education provided at other times is meaningful and not just filling in of time. AND that all and any different modes of education are aligned and cohesive so children and young people are not learning in a haphazard and disorganised way.
  • Posted by KSTEPHEN May 10, 2020 at 21:19

    I think this is a great idea and makes a lot more sense than lots of other proposals on this page.
      A combination of remote and classroom learning would be a good compromise in the first instance.
  • Posted by Auntyshooshoo May 10, 2020 at 22:50

    I think that we need to have the children all back together in a safe environment or continue as we are. Teaching is not a baby sitting service and this is what will happen if we return with small groups at a time. How can this possibly be helping in education?
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