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A further issue that will stop parents going back to work is that plenty will have kids in more than one year, say Y4 and Y6.

Y6 goes back, parent still at home to look after Y4.
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[quote="rob@rar"]
LaForet wrote:
... The government has ruled that out (for English schools). When pupils return to school is has to be on a full time basis, not part-time. The government has also said class sizes no larger than 15. The government has also said it wants all primary school children to have a least a month of schooling before the summer holiday. That means, typically, all primary school year groups return for the final week of June and then three weeks of July. Broadly speaking it gives the country four weeks to double the number of classrooms and associated facilities such as toilets, kitchens, dining facilities, enough entrances and exits to ensure socially distanced drop-offs and collections, all within walking distance of the school. And for no extra money. And within enough teachers and other adults available to teach, or not, all these new half-size classes.


My colleague has a primary school aged child who is due to return to school in June. They have been advised that, except for the children of key workers, the children will only do 2 full days. Apparenlty the classes will be split in two so groups of 15 then sub-split it to smaller 'work' groups. The remaining day being used to 'deep clean' the school again.
I have no idea what other schools are doing, but this one does not seem to be expecting to re-start on a full time basis - which does seem sensible in view of the space and facilities generally available.
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Homey wrote:
I have no idea what other schools are doing, but this one does not seem to be expecting to re-start on a full time basis - which does seem sensible in view of the space and facilities generally available.
It is sensible, but it's not following what the government has advised for English schools. I think that schools will do the best they can, and quite rightly are in the best place to determine what is and isn't possible, even if the government is requesting the impossible.
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Granddaughter No3 (yr6) has been invited back to school from 2nd June. Daughter has been told that it will be in small segregated groups, and they will not being be doing the normal curriculum, just the same stuff they have been given to do at home (presumably so those who choose not go back don't get left behind.) She has also been warned that each group will not necessarily have a teacher - some will just be supervised by teaching assistants. Also causes logistical issues as kid brother in Yr4 is not going back, nor elder sisters in Yr10 and Yr8. Husband is an Army reservist who has been called up to help with testing until mid-July so not at home, and daughter also has to work! If the return to school was for education reasons, rather than childcare surely Yr10 should be first back? That granddaughter is the one getting stressed about missing important work.
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If the return to school was for education reasons, rather than childcare surely Yr10 should be first back? That granddaughter is the one getting stressed about missing important work.
think that's a good point. The government has said it wants Yr10 and Y12 to return, but only for "some face to face time" with their teachers before the summer holiday. I think getting primary schools back is a political imperative for the government, rather than a policy which flows from the science advice. It falls in to the category of "something must be done", IMO.
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Are parents content for one of their children to go back to school, but others not? I would have had to deal with all kinds of ructions from my three in that scenario!
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rob@rar wrote:
RobinS wrote:
If the return to school was for education reasons, rather than childcare surely Yr10 should be first back? That granddaughter is the one getting stressed about missing important work.
think that's a good point. The government has said it wants Yr10 and Y12 to return, but only for "some face to face time" with their teachers before the summer holiday. I think getting primary schools back is a political imperative for the government, rather than a policy which flows from the science advice. It falls in to the category of "something must be done", IMO.


One of our schools has (correctly IMO) interpreted face time with teachers as including Zoom lessons.
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Don't you have plenty of other threads to discuss politics and feed the trolls?
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CaravanSkier wrote:
Are parents content for one of their children to go back to school, but others not? I would have had to deal with all kinds of ructions from my three in that scenario!


Have no choice. My eldest being year 9 is not welcome back at school, but I am not going to turn down the invite for my year 5 to go back along with other SEN children to allow them to try and help them make up some of where she has fallen behind at not having her 16hrs / 20hrs support that the school is being funded via an EHCP. Two hours figures given as the school did try and get an increase at the last review but given they “postponed” (their term but when you don’t then do at all, I call that “cancelled”) parents evening I was never told how they got on
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To go back to the thread title - I almost never book that far ahead. But I certainly hope I'll ski in the 20/21 season...who knows, perhaps I'll take the chance to go further afield.
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Nothing has changed my view thus far. If I ski in 20/21 it will be booked at the last minute and only if the Covid circumstances at the time allow a reasonable assumption that we won't end up in a situation such being locked down in resort for part of the week or, worse still, even longer. Nor will I be able to afford to quarantine for 2 weeks on return, so if that's still happening it's a no go regardless.
The other thing I won't do is pay 'ski holiday' money to go to a regime of restricted skiing, no R&R and fixed mealtimes with basic menus. 'Butlins on snow' is not for me, unless it's at Butlins prices, which it won't be.

The first thing that might change that for next season is if the virus really does become a lesser threat, either through more successful treatment or the (unlikely) vaccine. I'm not sure about the arguments that it will simply die out but if it is mutating to be less deadly then a combination of these might literally make the risk of infection sufficiently manageable to book a bit earlier.

Look on the bright side, for once we probably won't have to book on a wing and a (snow) prayer?
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@robboj, Same here. Got cheap flights, beyond that nothing yet until August/Sept. Lots of extremely well qualified scientists explaining on a series of Unherd interviews how we (including EU Countries) got it completely wrong and over-reacted to an infection which has already run its course. Fingers crossed, no sign at all of 'second wave' anywhere so far which is quietly encouraging. Things should be much clearer by July/August.
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'over-reacted to an infection'

Seriously? An infection that in four months caused 36,792 unexpected deaths? An 'over-reaction'?
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