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Why isn’t more being asked about this?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by PeterQuint, May 26, 2020.

  1. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    If there's a return, and a pupil is tested positive who has been shut in with a class of 15 and a teacher all day, then that teacher and the other 14 students will have to quarantine for 14 days.

    If there's a return and that pupil is let out, mixed classes, crowded corridors, multiple classrooms, then you'll be looking at sending half the school home for a fortnight. This cannot be risked. Not just from a health & safety point of view, I would imagine half the secondary schools in the country would have had to do this in the first month. The disruption to classes, learning, parents, their work, etc., would be unimaginable.

    But if you reopen schools with classes of 15 maximum, you need either twice the number of teachers and classrooms, or pupils in only half the time.

    There are just over 5 school weeks until the summer break. Schools need time to plan. The government needs to be honest now.

    And parents. If there are parents out there who need to work, but their kids are in only 50% of the time, they need to negotiate with their employer about working from home, going part time, etc.

    They need to start that now. They don't need to wait until mid-August for the government to decide. And let's face it, unless there's a surprise early vaccine, miracle treatment, or the numbers get so slow it's just not out there anymore, a full return isn't going to be possible.
  2. Happyregardless

    Happyregardless Occasional commenter

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