Stagger School Pupil Attendance

I think that the ONLY safe way to open schools is to stagger the attendance of pupils. Personally, from the experience I have as a Primary Teacher I think that to safely do this in a Primary setting is to limit class sizes to 6 or 7. If you then had pupils attend school for one full day a week (taking into account siblings etc. when assigning days) you could then safely help pupils socially distance without increasing the risk of transmission of Covid-19. It would mean then that your whole class would be taught every week and would ensure that at least children are getting some form of learning every week. You can then have teachers set homework to do for the other 4 days a week. This would also not increase teacher workload ridiculously as you would only need to plan one day of lessons that is then repeated every day that week. You would then only plan online learning for the other 4 days.

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Personally, I feel this is the ONLY way that pupils can safely attend school before vaccinations are developed and delivered. This would result in probably 6 months of this style of teaching but I think it is the best compromise of teaching in person and keeping pupils and teachers safe. I would like to clarify that this is only from a Primary perspective as from speaking to Secondary colleagues I don't know if this would work in a Secondary setting.

by APK on May 09, 2020 at 06:22PM

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  • Posted by campbe May 09, 2020 at 19:37

    I think this would be a workable solution. We need children to feel safe and not to overload teachers. We
  • Posted by SBremner May 10, 2020 at 00:06

    This is definitely much better than nothing if it is considered safe to do
  • Posted by Sez1990 May 10, 2020 at 07:13

    I think this is really sensible idea
  • Posted by scottie234 May 10, 2020 at 08:22

    This is a bit ridiculous. It assumes that all parents/carers are not working or working from home and therefore are able to look after their children when it is not their turn to attend school. It would be very difficult to manage and make meaningful. What if your child couldn't attend for some reason on his/her allocated day, do they have to wait for another week before they can attend. Not really well thought out! We need to be mindful of the risks without going overboard. Life has to go on.
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