Government set for clash over plans to reopen schools

Boris Johnson says he wants some pupils to return to the classroom from June 1, with reports claiming class sizes will be halved and some children could be sent to neighbouring schools

These ideas haven’t been thought through!!!

Track and trace should be firmly in place before opening of schools.

The daily death figures should also be consistently low and falling.

Anything else is madness.

Even when they do open children are not realistically going to be able to be in school full time due to social distancing measures, which in effect means the parents on the whole won’t be able to work.

Add into the mix patents who have more than one child, some will be at school, others not.


After whats gone on with the care homes anyone would be a fool to trust the government.


As many other countries have done better than us in all aspects of the virus
why don’t we copy them as to how they are returning children to school ?

We were told once that we had the best scientific brains in the World. So why are we
in a pickle?



I have heard other countries have larger classrooms and countries such as Denmark waited until deaths or new cases were very low. I imagine other countries already had track and trace in place.

What our country has been doing is shambolic and that’s putting it politely.

I couldn’t put what I really think here.

A friend is a teaching assistant at a local school, they have worked out how to have classes of 15 by using rooms differently, and they are all going to have training days beforehand.
Whilst it would be great if everyone could stay home, some people like my son working for the council are working harder than ever to make sure the community services are all running smoothly. You’d all be up in arms if your bin wasn’t collected, wouldn’t you?
Economically the last few weeks have been a huge burden on the country’s finances, and we will all be paying in one way or another for the rest of our lives, and for carers and carees that is going to mean even less services than usual.
The country can’t get back to normal until women are able to go to work, nearly every woman works these days.
Yes, it’s risky. I’ll be at risk as my son and his partner have separated and co parent my grandson, who is at my house a lot.
I’m due to fly to Greece on holiday later in the year, whether or not I go may be a personal decision, if the plane goes and I don’t, I will not get a refund.
We take risks every day of our lives, there are risks even at home.
How we each manage risk in the next few months is going to be a difficult balancing act between economic necessity, fear, and feelings, rational or not.

Adult bin men collecting bins outside is rather different than kids in a classroom.

That wasn’t what I was saying. Maybe read my post again?

DD1 is a teaching assistant, who actually has to do lots of teaching, as much as the teachers. Obviously she has concerns, for the children in school, her own family and the fact, often she has to use public transport. Not sure what plans have been made at her school yet. I personally don’t want her to go back, but it is her job and needs must when it comes to it.
The bin men may be outside workers, but they are very close together with the driver, when moving from one area to another. I’m grateful they are still doing their job, and taking risks. All workers are taking a risk. In fact we are all at risk. We need consistency and clear rules, not wishy washy instructions that can be misinterpreted.
My little say over!

My son isn’t a bin man, but an engineer keeping the lorries running.
Wherever possible they are emptied before going into his workshop, but if they have a fault, that may not be possible, and it certainly isn’t when there’s a breakdown.
When the sacks are compressed, the black bags split open. Some of the waste may be from a home where someone is developing the virus, so contaminated. There is no way of knowing.
He should be supplied with good quality protective gloves, but the good ones have all gone to the NHS, the latest lot, are to put it politely, rubbish.

Having seen the thousands of parents with their children crammed onto extremely busy beaches yesterday it does make me wonder why they are worried about them going back to school.

I think it is time for some kids to be going back to school as does the Head Teachers Association and several other former Home Secretaries (Alan Johnson, David Blunkett etc) also agree. I listened to Rev Steve Chalke on TV saying that he believes children have more to fear from suffering anxiety, stress etc than the coronavirus. He founded the biggest group of Academy Schools in the UK and is a father and grandfather. Is there ever going to be a time that’s right? I believe the Unions will hang on as long as they possibly can which is not fair on parents who are still expected to work and need their children to be in school.

I can understand the arguments for kids going back to school,parents needing to get back to work etc but I think it is too much too soon.Also think the publics faith in our goverment is quite low right now so not sure people will feel confident to send their kids back to school based on their advice.I feel the priority should be getting more testing done for non key workers and like others have mentioned establishing this Track and Tracing App that the goverment keep talking about.

Remember a mother speaking on the news and saying she thinks they should restart the school year in September as is nearly the summer holidays and I think that makes sense.