I read two things yesterday furlough is to be extended until the end of October and the implications of what returning would mean for a practical class. By putting these two together, the UK government is not expecting normality before the end of October. This would mean social distancing in classes until October at least. With a Maths class of 30 that would probably mean one in the flesh lesson a week, but still from a distance so not what we are used to, it would not be much better than online. PE is mostly practical and you need opponents, how can they do their course? Tech will not be able to do their practical parts. Music cant do their composition, Art cant distribute materials. Can languages be done via video conferencing when even in English the audio is poor? We appear to be carrying on as if it is going to be alright, but that is not the signal the UK govt is sending by extending furlough. Should we be dropping the subjects that have a high practical element and redeploying those teachers to assist with Maths, English and whatever else is teachable? Here is the practical thing I saw: " Hi, I have summarised the CLEAPSS guidance about practical work in a partially reopened school and sent it to my Head. Just thought it might be useful to have a summary too (but would recommend you take time to read the official document) . Advice from CLEAPPS - a summary Practical can still happen but many considerations MUST be taken into account: - Corridors to classrooms should be marked out when waiting to enter a classroom (2m like a supermarket queuing system) - Work out maximum number of pupils in the room. This will need to be measured and judged for each room. In a normal sized room it can usually fit between 7-12 pupils and still maintain the 2m safe zone. - For practical environments - make an X with four metre rulers joined in the middle. By using this method and marking benches and the floor you can assign static ‘workstations’ which will then given the total number of pupils for the room. - If tables are moveable you can move them around to get a best fit. - Most workshops/kitchens etc are equipped for 4 pupils . To follow social distancing rules it would be sensible to allow 1 pupil per bench. - Likely work shops will be limited to aprox 8 pupils. (But individual schools will need to measure and look into this) - Food rooms - often designed with a number of kitchens each equipped with a sink and cooker. In this type of space it would be best to limit it to one pupil per cooker - however where kitchens are ‘back to back’ this will not be possible so it may not be possible to have all ovens/kitchens in use at one time. (At the moment in our food room this would be a maximum of 5 pupils!!) - ICT facilities - computers tend to be less than 1 m apart. These will also need looking at to ensure users of the computer adhere to the 2m social distance advised. - If practical lessons take place - the above number of pupils/spaces/workstations should remain the same, however in order to allow a practical to work (and allow pupils to use fixed equipment and machinery for example) teachers should ‘zone’ the room to allow for social distancing. - Movement around the room in practical lessons will need planning in advance. (To consider things such as fixed equipment, workstations, ability and space for teacher to supervise effectively, procedures to summon help or for teacher to respond to an emergency) - Prep rooms, store rooms should ONLY have 1 person in at any one time. - Each pupil should be provided with a personal bottle of sanitizer by the school so they can clean their hands before entering the practical rooms and using the shared equipment and machinery and also for after use too - Teachers will need to plan and take into account requirements for individual practical activities and decided whether it can be safely managed. (No group work, no paired work). - Use of integrated instruction sheets for shorter task and long and complex multi step practicals should be avoided except with the most experience pupils. - Pupils should have THEIR OWN tools and equipment - not share - and this should be possible in most schools if class sizes are reduced. Resources such as ingredients, fabric and wood should be cut and ready before the lesson. - Practical tools, equipment etc will need placing in marked out pupil work stations before the lesson following social distancing rules. - Time MUST be allocated at the start and the end of the lesson for setting up/clearing up - To avoid pupil movement, pupils as far as possible should remain in their work station using the equipment placed in their work station. - If pupils do need to move around the room a different seating plan/layout will be needed. - Pupils will need to learn to alert the Teacher when they need to move around the room so the social distancing measures can be managed. - In food rooms - small work top fridges or quality cool boxes may need to be purchased and left in work stations rather than pupils moving around the room/touching the fridge etc to gather chilled ingredients. - Non chilled ingredients should be at the pupil workstation prior to starting the activity. - At the end of each practical session all equipment and spare material should be cleared away ‘by the technician (this raises an issue if you don’t have a technician or if the technician is needed in several rooms at the same time to do this) and should be wiped with a suitable cleaner prior to being stored away for future use. - Fixed equipment should be wiped down for the next session. - Waste material should be removed from the room before the next session - Usual demonstrations where pupils ‘gather’ around clearly cannot happen. The use of visualisers, cameras etc will need to be utilised. - Teachers must keep their distance when observing pupils during practical activities . However this raised H&S issues around the ability of some pupils to carry out the task without teacher intervention. - If a teacher , once assessed feels social distancing cannot happen or they doubt it will succeed they should consider stoppping practical work. (I guess this is reliant also on numbers/class layout etc too) - Prep, clearing up will be longer than usual. - Setting up can only be done in one room at a time. - Social distancing may mean where there are two technicians they cannot work in the same space to prep materials/set up activities. - PPE - ALL safety googles etc will need sanitising after EVERY use. (Recommend Milton solution being ready at the end of the lesson and pupils leave in it as they leave and then left to air dry). - Shared or department based aprons should be removed from use. (Use disposable?) - Socially distancing can be ‘broken’ if a pupil requires immediate first aid, however a kit of disposable gloves, a fluid resistant face mask, a disposable plastic apron and disposable eye protection, plastic bags for contaminated clothing should be available in EVERY room used for practical work."