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:
Can someone with qualifications in a relevant subject tell me how this is not child abuse?https://t.co/KLHoMGHI5G
— CrémantCommunarde#ActivistLawyer ⚖️ 😷 ✋ (@0Calamity) May 18, 2020
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 Metro.co.uk 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:
School will not be ‘school’ as we know it with social distancing and all the other measures needed.
More like prison.
Keep them closed!
— Mel (@melaniekmelvin) May 18, 2020
This Writer’s personal opinion of what it will be like can be summed up in one word: chaos.
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