In order to keep everybody safe, schools will be making some changes to the way they run. These changes are being made to ensure that all staff and pupils can stay a safe distance apart from each other and do not come into contact with too many people, while supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The main change will be that fewer pupils will be in school at any one time. This means that pupils will take it in turns to go into school for a few days or a week, and then learn at home for the rest of the time. Pupils will start to spend more time in school as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Exactly how this works will be different from school to school – your school will be planning for this already, and will be in touch with you as soon as they can to let you know how it will work for your child, and which days they should come in.
Other changes could include:
- making changes to how or where pupils are dropped off and picked up
- changing how people move around the school buildings
- putting up signs and markers to ensure appropriate physical distancing
- changing seating arrangements so pupils are well spaced out
- ensuring everyone washes their hands regularly
- teaching in smaller groups
- staggering lunch and break times
- deep cleaning more frequently
- holding more lessons outside where possible.
Teachers will be doing everything they can to help pupils adjust to this ‘new normal’, which will seem very strange at first. The first few days after schools reopen are likely to be focused on welcoming pupils back and getting used to the new set up rather than lots of learning.