My idead is that schools DO NOT return until after the summer holidays, and that maybe transitional period for pupils about to start Nursery, P1 and S1 about a week or two before new term just to get their bearings.

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I have 2 boys about to start Nursery and S1 and i feel this would help them adjust to the changes and keep them safe for a little longer, my eldest boy has severe asthma and was in hospital with pnuemonia in september, i think parents in a similar circumstance would welcome their child being kept safe and home for as long as possible.

by sarahp22 on May 11, 2020 at 02:39PM

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  • Posted by JacLamb13 May 11, 2020 at 14:49

    I understand the concerns and agree that safe and sensible planning is crucial for re-opening of schools, nurseries and childcare settings. Importantly it is crucial that the planning of reopening of all of these services must be done together. They are all inter-linked and the opening or closing of one impacts the others not to mention the ability of parents to return to work. I would suggest that a sensible transitioning pattern would be to return children/young people to where they were previously for a week to two weeks at most and manage the transition from there. Allowing them to properly close off their experience in the previous environment and enable professionals there to work accordingly with new professionals to make the transition experience best for children, families and professionals all round. (e.g., child starting P.1 should return to nursery for 1/2 weeks and then start P.1 when some semblance of transitional activity has taken place.
  • Posted by polarbearmac May 11, 2020 at 15:00

    Perhaps we could start the school holidays early with a view to schools returning mid-end July to enable time for planning and a longer period for the virus suppression to take effect?
  • Posted by RuthBradley May 11, 2020 at 15:06

    I think it is slightly crazy to suggest that the youngest children return first
    They are the highest cross contamination risk, require the most physical proximity and are least able to self regulate.

    If anyone goes back concentrate low risk teaching staff on supporting earning zones for exam years first. the teaching itself could still be via online classes but there would be more immediate 1:1 support onhand. This could be subject related learning zones rather than age/ class/ ability
  • Posted by stewartma May 11, 2020 at 15:45

    As schools have been closed now for some weeks, as soon as is practical and safe and obviously when adjustments Can be put in place physically within the buildings then ignore the normal summer holiday break and start terms Adjusting the school year to take into account the time closed in order for children to be compensated for time lost.
  • Posted by Tracy247logan May 11, 2020 at 15:55

    I think the framework for any return to school has to ensure proper support services are in place I.e. cleaning. Some large school only have access to 10hrs per week for just short of 900 children. Some staff will not be able to return due to their health/family so all staffing needs to be considered. I don't expect any type of normal schooling for some months. We also have to remember teachers and ASN support have still been working they are entitled to their summer holidays.
  • Posted by sarahp22 May 11, 2020 at 21:02

    I agree the teachers are still working and they deserve their summer break too, i'm worried about the younger children starting like nursery and P1 and they won't be able to understand social distancing from their friends. It will and should take a long time to decide how to conduct this, that was why i suggested schools staying closed utill after the summer holidays and with older children who are moving into S1 they will need some sort of supprt to find their bearings also if some children like my son have any respiratory issues it would be much safer to wait until then as it would be unfair ( not that anything just now is fair) for them to miss out on all the start of academy learning because of a health problem the can't help having.
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