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Maybe we will all get back before the end of term?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by CabbageWhite20, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    A class of 15 in a state primary classroom, will be one pupil per desk.
    A class of 15 in a private prep classroom, will be rather more of a squeeze.

    Our maximum class size is 18, but most rooms can only just fit this number. To have one child per desk, we'd have a maximum of 9 in a class and to have those desks 2m apart, we'd end up with around 5-6 per class. So still need each class split in to three.

    But our online teaching is excellent, with very high engagement, so no need to come back until we can fit as normal into classrooms really.
  2. CabbageWhite20

    CabbageWhite20 Occasional commenter

    We’re only bringing back those where it can be the bubble (no specialist teachers) so all of KS1 and lower KS2 - so within the bubble not much distancing, just extra hygiene and staying separate from other groups in the hope of containing any outbreak. Small classrooms here too. Our online learning has also been v good I think, but it’s not comparable to being in school. If it’s safe (and govt and insurers seem to think so - hence the changes ) then I honestly do think kids ‘need’ to (well, not need exactly but ideally should) come back. It will be 87 days tomorrow since they have been in a group with their peers, if they don’t come back until September it will be 5 months. Upper KS2 and above almost certainly will have to be home until September because we can’t bubble them.
    It is probably also relevant that we are in a rural area with very low virus numbers which probably means parents and teachers are more comfortable (complacent?) about a return.
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Definitely. A friend of mine is in a school local to me and they have had 100% return in years R, 1 and 6. But a rural area with no known cases at all and the nearest hospital (15 miles or so) has had no deaths since early May.
    Where I teach is an urban area, predominantly BAME families and quite a few known cases in the locality, though not the school. Less than 50% return.
  4. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    My 3 form entry prep has decided to reopen to all year groups inc 7 & 8 as of Monday.
  5. CabbageWhite20

    CabbageWhite20 Occasional commenter

    We are doing the same. Do you know how you are going to do it with the older ones where it is all sets/specialist subjects?
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    We have year 5 back on Monday and hoping for year 2 the week after.
    Year 3 and 4 seem to have been forgotten, we break up the week after that.
  7. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Not teaching specialist subjects or dispersing into sets - they will have 1 teacher for the day who will supervise the students working to a modified timetable on "projects" set by the specialist teachers. Minimal educational value, it's all about appeasing the parents who have been disgusting during remote learning.

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