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How many kids in a year group bubble? How impractical is this?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Nealswife, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. Nealswife

    Nealswife Occasional commenter

    Well the announcement for whole schools to get back to a 'broad and balanced curriculum' - how patronising! Who on earth thought of this 'strategy' to justify his/her political position? Regrets later, will not undo the damage.

    With so many children in one space, are they saying no one will catch CV because they are in a 'bubble'? So, say one child is infected, how will they control the spread that is inevitable by all accounts? What about siblings, specialist teachers who have to work across the school?

    BAME teachers and families who will no doubt, or families who are more vulnerable to illness?

    Might as well just let them all loose and see what happens. Disaster!
    tall tales likes this.

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    258 in my bubble.
  3. ukpaul

    ukpaul Occasional commenter


  4. Catgirl1964

    Catgirl1964 Established commenter

    More like, we don’t know how to make this work so here’s some ideas. Good luck!
    Nealswife likes this.
  5. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    We have ks2 classes of over 30 and hardly any TAs. We genuinely don't have enough staff for bubbles of 30.
    agathamorse and Nealswife like this.
  6. Nealswife

    Nealswife Occasional commenter

    You might as well have a party and pop festival and forget that there is any virus! This is just madness.
  7. Nealswife

    Nealswife Occasional commenter

    Well that will reduce the population....how many weeks will school be open before they have to close?
  8. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Haven't you heard? Schools are magical buildings-you don't need the PPE or distancing that you do on buses (if you DON'T mask and distance on a bus, you'll get fined. If you DO try to keep your child safe by keeping them off school because they won't be distanced/masked, you'll get fined).
    And did anyone understand GW's answer to the person who asked about afterschool?
  9. Nealswife

    Nealswife Occasional commenter

    School buses and transport for older children who are not driven to school? Siblings? It will not happen. Children can go to school but we can't take them to a Weathespoons! No to Tesco, nor a museum, cinema, library or park.
    tall tales and agathamorse like this.
  10. madcatlady

    madcatlady Occasional commenter

    I see your 258 and raise you. Our year groups are 300+
  11. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    This is guidance and not mandatory. There are so many differences between schools that mandatory instructions won't work. We are, quite reasonably, expected to apply the guidance to suit our settings.
    caterpillartobutterfly and Pomza like this.
  12. Nealswife

    Nealswife Occasional commenter

    And when the guidance is open, different HTs will apply different rules - what if you have kids at different schools? What is the exposure then?

    There needs to be more clarity from Bojo.
    agathamorse likes this.
  13. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    If schools want to be safe, perhaps like Trump at his last big (but not as big as he thought:D) public meeting, they should demand all parents sign waivers promising not to sue etc before sending their children back (in case they catch Covid and take it home...);)
    agathamorse and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  14. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    That won't happen. This way if it does not work, there'll be no direct accountability.
    Catgirl1964 likes this.
  15. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    My daughter rarely goes near anyone from another year group anyway (except at orchestra, which obviously won't be happening). She'd be safer if she could be guaranteed to sit with her friends (or at least the same person) in every lesson, to reduce the number of people she has to be within a metre of. If you did that, then it might not be unreasonable that if someone develops symptoms, or has a family member testing positive, their desk partner(s) are immediately sent home and/or tested too.
  16. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Would you prefer to have no schools for the next 5-10 years? Corona viruses are not going to go away.
  17. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    My entire achool is 225. Can we all count as one bubble and be done with it?
  18. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    This is the whole point. Schools need to fully reopen at some stage and it is not possible to do so with significant distancing measures in place.

    I don’t really know what people expect the government to do about this. The extra buildings and staff that would be required to maintain smaller groups and/or greater distance between individuals cannot simply be brought into existence by wishful thinking and complaining.

    Essentially, schools need to just get on with it, in the same way that all other workplaces are, and just take whatever precautions are actually possible to at least attempt to reduce risk.

    There is no ‘guidance’ or ‘clarity’ that any government could provide that could solve this problem. Until a vaccine is available, this is what people across the world will need to do their best to live with.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2020
    ajc89, sallywebber2, saluki and 3 others like this.
  19. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    No. I’m fairly certain nobody has said that.
    saluki likes this.
  20. install

    install Star commenter

    That is isn’t quite true imho.

    The Gvt could have cancelled exams and Ofsted for another year due to all the lost learning rather than playing catch up.

    They could also have introduced half classes as an approach in terms of teaching and slowly build them up.

    Seemingly bulldozing schools back with overly large numbers into gigantic ‘bubbles’ is possibly a route to disaster.

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