I would be genuinely interested to see what people make of this, perhaps irrespective of their views on current Covid policies. It's more about trying to solve a problem which I could see becoming larger and larger in scale as the weeks go on, and more about tactics than grand strategy. The youngest member of my household was quarantined for two weeks in late September/early October, having been a close contact of a confirmed Covid case. Yesterday, on the third working day after the scheduled return to school, the quarantine was renewed for a further two weeks, close contact [sharing a lunch table] with another Covid case having been established to have taken place on the first day back. This interested, hard-working young student will thus have missed four weeks of classroom education from the first half term in year seven at a new school; and given that there seems to be little possibility of the situation altering materially until a vaccine is in wide distribution, I see no reason why this cycle shouldn't repeat itself for the whole of year seven, such that actual attendance at school could be as low as 15%. Given the enormous extent and vast experience of the teaching and ex-teaching membership of this forum, could anyone suggest solutions - such as scheduled part-time schooling for socially-distanced half-classes perhaps - which would help to maintain a significant face-to-face proportion of schooling for these younger students? The school itself has made extraordinary efforts to continue its teaching online for the quarantined students [I am writing this after grappling with Hegarty Maths and negative numbers, a painful experience at my age], and I don't see how they could do more. But there seems to me to be a real danger of this young student - and hundreds of peers across the nation - disengaging from a school education which has only barely begun. Any ideas? I can think of dozens of problems, but no solutions.