Too soon to re open schools? I have concerns.

It’s Thursday yet again, it appears to creep up on me far too quickly. I really hope that you are OK, well and safe.

This week has been a mixed bag for me, some good days mixed with some awful ones. I bet that you can relate to this.

Being poor and recovering from Covid 19 is no joke. Suffering from long covid is no joke either, especially when the highlight of the day is beans on toast when you can muster up the strength to make it.

We struggle on though. There are some fantastic Long Covid groups on Facebook and we support each other. It’s a good job that we do because not many other organisations do.

I am worried about a second wave coming in September when we have been told that we have to send our children back to school.

So many people still believe that children can’t catch Covid 19. They can and they do. Many unknowingly will be symptom free and will be at risk of passing the virus onto their loved ones.

Are our children going to be used as some type of sick experiment by the government?

My daughter attends a secondary school, her school has decided to keep lesson time to the very basics therfore her hours at school will now be from 10 until 2.40pm.

This won’t stop the spread of covid 19 though. Her school is a new school but they don’t turn the air conditioning on and many of the teachers don’t open the windows either.

Children will be stuck in this hot, sweaty environment at a very close proximity to their friends.

The school hasn’t suggested that children should wear a mask, but I’d challenge anyone to get all of the pupils to wear a mask all day. It’d be a challenge to say the least.

I am very concerned though. I don’t think that the government has thought this through, just like they didn’t put enough thought into pubs reopening.

As we’ve seen in the news lots of people have contracted Covid 19 from a visit to a pub. I’ve no doubt that it’ll be the same when our schools reopen.

I, like most parents want the best for my daughter. I want her to be able to have all of her lessons, to he educated and to do well in life.

Sadly, it looks like she doesn’t stand a chance of that the way that things are planned at the moment.

Educating children online isn’t the answer either. Thousands of families don’t have the Internet or don’t have a device to watch the online lessons on.

So what’s the solution then?

I do think that having a dedicated television channel for lessons would be beneficial. Children can often learn more visualy and some good results could come from this.

We could also learn alot from the parents of home educated children. They’ve been doing it for years, and so many home educated children go to college and university.

They rock this!

But I’m aware that I’m missing one important point.

I’m sure that my daughters school isn’t the only one that will be reducing their teaching hours and lessons.

What will the parents of these children do when they have to go to work? You can’t just leave children to their own devices, to rely on them to go to school without prompting.

I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have gone into school if my parents weren’t there to make sure that I did.

This puts parents in a very difficult situation. Childcare is expensive and not everyone has family members that they can ask to help.

People are desperately trying to hold onto their jobs if they’re lucky enough to still be employed. They can’t rely upon their employers to be sympathetic either.

What I do know is that if their children are absent from school, their school will soon be chasing them up and threatening them with legal action.

This isn’t at all fair though. Those making these decisions have absolutely no idea about what life is really like.

Then we have school uniforms to buy.

School uniforms are very expensive,

I know that I can’t afford to buy my daughter a new uniform this year. Thousands of parents will be in the same position as me.

My daughter has sensory issues so buying her school uniform is difficult at best.

To say that it’s humiliating and depressing to not being able to provide necessities for our children is an understatement.

Hopefully my daughter will never experience this when she has children.

When you’re left with no choice but to have beans on toast once a day how on earth can they demand that you buy a school uniform as well?

In my area there are no school uniform grants available which is shocking.

My daughters school, and most secondary schools send home pupils that aren’t wearing the correct uniform.

Once again discriminating against children living in poverty.

We will try but it’s not going to be easy.

So whilst it’s easy to congratulate the fact that schools are re opening on September, please consider the above.

I don’t want my daughter to catch Covid 19, I don’t want her friends to either. I also don’t want to catch it again.

I want my daughter to have a good education, but the very idea of that is seemingly impossible at the moment.

Will the government give out children time to catch up with what they’ve missed? I doubt it. Working class children aren’t high on their priority list, if at all.

Will the government give parents free access to online and in print learning materials?

Will the government push to dedicate a TV channel in the daytime for the visual education of children?

I doubt this very much.

Once again it’s left to us, as parents and carers to do the best that we can under very tough circumstances.

I do think that schools are re opening too early.

It’s easier to distance primary school age children from each other than it is a group of teenagers.

This is also going to be very tough and challenging for teachers.

Teachers in America have been advised to make a will just incase they catch covid 19 and die.

I’m certain that many teachers here in the uk will be doing the same thing.

I can’t imagine what could be worse than stuck in a hot, sweaty classroom with children for hours knowing that viruses, germs and bacteria thrive in environments like this.

How many teachers and children will become ill or worse because of the government’s decision to re open schools?

Will the government make the decision to shut the schools again if mortality rates from Covid 19 increase?

I doubt it, once that open they’ll be expected to stay open.

We have a government incapable of putting any positive plans into action. They blatently show their hatred of the working classes by the actions that they’ve taken and not taken.

The government has blood on its hands for more than one reason. They’re up to their necks in it.

It’s up to us to keep reminding them that we are important, that our life’s do matter and our children are valuable.

Don’t get me started on this idea. Covid 19 tests are very unreliable and weekly tests are just not doable. No doubt they’ll expect already hugely burdoned teachers to do this as well.

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6 thoughts on “Too soon to re open schools? I have concerns.”

  1. I should add here, there may be no option BUT to close schools again, if covid re establishes, as in our school we all think it was raging from new year til the story broke, only we didn’t know what it was, we just thought it was the latest winter bug! Staff were dropping like flies, as we’re kids, numbers were so down and there wasn’t even enough supply staff. You can’t open if you don’t have enough staff to safely work and look after the kids, Boris, and they’re still not sure if you can catch it more than once
    Looking back I’m convinced I had it in February just when I went off with my disc problems in my neck, I had the raging fever, cough, bad throat, I later needed penicillin for a secondary sinus infection, at the time I thought I’d been so I’ll because I was exhausted and run down from the pain. Not so sure now….

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  2. Charlotte as always thinking of you x you do an amazing job, RESPECT!
    Don’t get me started on schools, I work in a primary, in one of most deprived areas of our town, much poverty, high SEN ratio, most jobs in taxi or take aways, the area I live and work in is covid hotspot of our town, also here we have much multi generational households it’s perfect covid breeding grounds
    We also have grave concerns about the safety aspects, it’s really hard trying to distance even primary kids, the health and safety guy from Town Hall thinks despite Boris blustering we WILL be back in total lockdown come September!
    Some of our staff have kids from previous relationships they’re not seeing atm, to keep safe from covid, yet we are expected to open and look after everyone else’s kids
    It’s also sad to say that even our teachers and support staff aren’t following the risk assessments, they were leaving their bubble to go visit their mate in their bubble, thereby contaminating….they are still dropping dirty tissues on the floor and leaving it for us site team…
    I’ve had my boss the site agent, he’s also one of my union members, ask me what the Unions position is on not feeling safe at work, because he doesn’t, so I was able to explain and he knows should he pursue it I’ll back him 110%!
    In our primary come September each year group will be a bubble so year 1, say, won’t ever meet year 6, everyone has their own entrance and exit and playground equipment will be wiped down between year groups breaks
    However teachers and support staff will be allowed to mix which is mad because if a yr 6 teacher has lunch with a yr 3 teacher who later tests positive. ..well work that one out!
    I’ve heard rumours tests will be kept in schools but I’m not sure what’s happening there yet, I’ll keep everyone posted
    Our area stopped the school uniform vouchers too, in our town now we have a big “uniform swap shop” in town where parents can drop off old uniforms and choose quality seconds that will fit their kids. It’s totally degrading and horrible though I completely get that
    Stay safe all x

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