The return to school/university post pandemic is an important step for both children and parents alike for a number of reasons. The UK Government planned for all pupils, in all year groups, to return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.
As many establishments do welcome students back, they are putting additional measures in place and setting restrictions in an effort to protect students, staff, teachers and their families including:
- Staggering the start and close of the school day
- Staggering mealtimes
- Moving classes to temporary spaces or outdoors
- Holding school in shifts, to reduce class size
- Increased hygiene measures
- Physical distancing measures
- Cleaning procedures
The guidelines apply to primary, secondary (including sixth forms), infant, junior, middle, upper, school-based nurseries and boarding schools with independent schools also being expected to follow the control measures set out in the same way as state-funded schools.
It is possible that schools may reopen for a period of time and then may have to be closed again temporarily depending on the local context and circumstances related to spread of the virus. If a pupil has symptoms or a positive test result for Covid-19, themselves and pupils they have been in contact with (in a lot of cases the whole class) will have to self-isolate along with their families for two weeks in line with public health advice.
Missing out on more time in the classroom, on top of missed time due to the national lockdown, risks pupils falling further behind. The UK Government website states that those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. This also greatly impacts return to work for parents.
The higher education system in the UK adapted well to online teaching and learning during the early stages of the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown, however campuses are now re-opening for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. This will bring about a mass movement of students from both across the UK and overseas, many moving from other regions into student accommodation in the region of their university or college. This creation of new households brings significant risk for the spread of the virus.
With the current return to schools and higher education for the autumn term, education leaders are faced with the same questions:
- How do we bring students back to the educational environment in a safe manner?
- How do we provide a safe environment for all students going forward?
- What type of tests, frequency and testing schedule should be considered?
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