These school reopening conditions look more like child abuse

Unreasonable: the plan for social distancing at one school. Children will never abide by it.

Maybe the Tories like it that way.

Plans to enforce social distancing in English schools set to reopen in June look like child abuse and have triggered a wave of protest:

The Metro article states:

Holywell Village First School (HVFS), in Northumberland, came under fire over its ‘ridiculous’ set of ideas for enforcing social distancing when pupils return to the classroom on June 1.

A now-deleted Facebook post seen by said pupils will be assigned ‘play bubbles’ where they will have to stay when they go outside.

A picture demonstrating how this would look showed hula hoops lined across the playground and marked with an x.

It said toys, soft furnishings and books had been removed from classrooms and outside playing equipment will not be able to be used as there is not enough staff to clean it afterwards.

Parents also raised concern about strict rules regarding use of the toilet and children having to ‘do their own first aid’ if they scrape themselves. The post said children will be given specific time slots ‘and will not be allowed to leave the classroom outside of their allocated toilet times’.

It continued: ‘If they fall over or have a toileting accident they will be encouraged to change themselves and clean their scrape or cut. We have sourced PPE (following the COVID 19 guidance for Educational Settings) which is for use only for staff protection should a child vomit, not for trips, falls or scrapes. If it is not possible for the child to clean themselves in the event of an accident, the parent will be called to collect them so they can do that at home.’

The post was deleted after parents protested – and rightly so.

Children will not stay within marked areas, no matter how much pressure adults put on them.

If there are no toys and books in a classroom, there will be little to interest them apart from the other children, and it is also impossible to stop children from getting up and interfering with other children if that’s what they want to do.

Children’s bladders and bowels do not respond well when they are ordered around and a set timetable when they will be allowed to use the toilet is simply unreasonable.

Nor is it reasonable to expect a child to clean him- or herself properly after an accident. Calling a parent obviates the whole point of reopening the schools – which is to allow parents to go back to work rather than to educate children, as we should all know by now.

All in all, it is hard to believe that these measures were devised by anybody with experience of dealing with children.

If they are put into practise, this is an optimistic appraisal of the result:

This Writer’s personal opinion of what it will be like can be summed up in one word: chaos.

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4 thoughts on “These school reopening conditions look more like child abuse

  1. Loony

    Oh the psychological damage this is going to do and the problems children will have in accessing their education further down the line doesn’t bear think about!
    Where are the Educational Psychologists and Child Mental Health professionals?? Why the flaming hell are they not preventing this.
    This is what the govt wants imposed on our youngest sch children. Many of who will as yet have undiagnosed, even undetected SEND, autism, adhd, specific learning difficulties like dyslexia ect. *This* is going to traumatise them, lead to sch phobia, sch trauma, sch refusals the list is endless. It’s going to affect all of children to varying degrees and probably won’t start to manifest for several years. Though when it does, it’s going to be messy, very damn messy and quite possibly be the end of each child’s learning, for the children impacted most, those who are or become diagnosed.
    This is wrong on so many levels!
    Oh boy am I glad neither of mine are in these year groups. My daughter just couldn’t cope with it and my son who is autistic and finds the sch environment an huge challenge on the best of days, would find that so traumatic within an hour he would have to come home, then refuse to go back in.
    Why won’t/can’t these absolute clowns think about the nuclear time bombs they are creating, rather than just what’s expedient for their agenda in the next 5 minutes?!?!

  2. Red Star

    Well, in my part of the North East it all seems pretty academic anyway (no pun intended).

    Infant school age kids have been mixing in groups and running around the streets for several days now – re-open schools with social distancing and it all goes out the window as soon as they get home.

    Dont reopen schools and they’ll continue as at present… until the second wave hits, anyway.

  3. kateuk

    A friend is a school caretaker. He has been instructed to put marks at 2m intervals for children to queue outside before entering the school. Sinks are being installed outside and the children won’t be allowed in until they have washed their hands. Yeah, lets see how well that works! Already a lot of parents have siad they won’t be allowing their children to go back.

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