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Is it safe for children to go back to school? I Channel 4 News

Discussion in 'News' started by AndrewvanZyl, Jun 19, 2020.

  1. AndrewvanZyl

    AndrewvanZyl Occasional commenter

    More than 1,500 of the country's leading child health specialists have urged the Prime Minister to explain his plan to get children back to school in England - warning that continued absence from class "risks scarring the life chances of a generation". Speaking in the Commons, Mr Johnson blamed Labour councils for being reluctant to allow pupils to return. Schools in Wales will bring back no more than a third of pupils at a time from next week. Scottish pupils will come back for a mix of school and home-based learning from August - the same month that some years in Northern Ireland will go back to school. Fatima Manji reports.
  2. jonnymarr

    jonnymarr Occasional commenter

    Yeah, Boris says it's all fine now.
    Frankly he can't see why anyone is even waiting until September.
    So far it's only Starmer, Labour councils and lefty unions that have been stopping children being taught.
    Nothing to do with a lack of government planning. No, sir.
    Covid, shmovid....distancing shmistancing....much bigger bubbles is what we need.... plus something in Latin.... or whatever...
    Jamvic, Alice K, Catgirl1964 and 6 others like this.
  3. Newidentity

    Newidentity New commenter

    Well, if Boris says it's OK it must be fine. After all, the alert level has been downgraded. That can't just be because Boris has worked out that we can't afford any more lockdown, surely?
    jonnymarr and ACOYEAR8 like this.

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    September is some way off. Let's see what the crowds of happy shoppers and protesters do and remember the old maxim : fail to plan, plan to fail.
    jonnymarr likes this.
  5. OG19

    OG19 New commenter

    I just don't see how the parents who aren't convinced it's safe now are going to be convinced it's any safer when there's a full class of 30 in a small room and they basically have to stay in that same room all day.
    Children round here are not socially distancing at all and that's been a factor in a number of parents not allowing their child to return.
  6. Newidentity

    Newidentity New commenter

    Lol, if only I had as few as 30 students in a class! Oh, and then they go and a new batch come in (again more than 30).
    agathamorse likes this.
  7. OG19

    OG19 New commenter

    We have two bubbles in y6. Both with ten. One girl's parents phoned yesterday to say she has virus. Whole group sent home. Teacher had to have a test which came back negative (well done NHS). Parents of children in sent-home bubble took any siblings out of younger classes. The mental stress of all the things you start worrying about is immense (and I'm not one to let things get to me). It will be chaos in September with 30 (plus) in small rooms. I'm sure there are alternatives to this which would suit parents who work as well as giving children a meaningful education but I think, basically, it would be too much like hard work and the government can't be bothered.

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