Back to School 1

It seems funny to look back on the coronavirus blogs to see how little we knew all those weeks ago and how much our lives have changed…

In school today, we have the keyworker children and some from Reception, Y1 and Y6. It’s nice to hear a bit more noise around here. We also have the new double classroom in use for the first time – and that’s a good thing as it means more toilets and washing facilities for children.

We are maintaining current numbers for a two week period and then we will be looking to expand for the last three weeks of term – though we are not yet sure how that should be done (we could open up another year group or perhaps ask which parents would like their children back at school).

I was quite surprised that fewer than half of the Y6 are in – that suggests that a lot of parents are not yet ready to have children back in school. I guess that even though infection rates are dropping, parents are considering that safety comes first.

My other guess is that the government will decide to reduce social distancing to 1 metre in order to get more children into school in September – but like everything, they tell us when they tell us and certainly don’t include schools in their thoughts or discussions.

Take care everyone…

Coronavirus 11

We might well be taking part in a wider opening of school in a week’s time. The government were keen for a wider opening of primary schools from June 1st, but the Local Authority considered the move too dangerous. The obvious main issue with reopening schools is that social distancing cannot occur appropriately at a primary school – and the other issue is that infection rates in the UK are still extremely high. It’s a difficult position.

Today I will be writing to parents to ask them to ‘book’ a place for their child for the two weeks after the 15th June as life will be easier (and safer) if we have exact numbers of children in each group in school. We cannot social distance, but we can minimise social contact outside the ‘bubbles’ of children that will be taught.

All this will depend on Doncaster schools actually opening on the 15th – but we will have to wait and see for that.