Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 12/06/2020. Tags: Teachers Parenting
The Government today published a report on planning around the next school year and the reopening of schools.
Minister McHugh said: “It is clear that the risks and impacts on children and society where access to education is significantly reduced are considerable particularly for the more vulnerable students in our society. The report sets out the clear ambition to develop a sustainable plan to fully reopen schools.”
The Department of Education and Skills is in ongoing engagement with the education partners to work together to ensure a safe return to education for children and staff is an essential part of the planning for reopening and the development of guidance in relation to infection prevention and control in a school setting is a key component of that work.
As part of the report, the impact of possible physical distancing requirements in school settings was examined and the reports states that:
If" distancing requirements are required in a classroom setting in September, then there are clear impacts arising from infrastructural constraints such as class sizes, teacher and other staff availability and the physical space available in a school setting :
At primary level: 2 metres in the classroom would result in almost all pupils attending school just 1 day a week; and
At post-primary level: 2 metres in the classroom would result in most pupils attending school 2 days a week,
At primary level: 1 metre in the classroom would result in almost all pupils attending school 2 ½ days a week (50% attendance at school);
At post-primary level: 1 metre in the classroom would result in some year groups attending school 50% of the time and other year groups attending school at or near a full-time basis "
The report also states that "a 50:50 blended school/home learning scenario would have "very serious impacts to the delivery of meaningful education".
It notes that it was "not feasible to consider the wholesale splitting of classes and recruiting of extra teachers - given that there are significant teacher supply issues currently.
Read the full report HERE