How will schools reopen?
Schools reopening was the biggest topic trending on Classlist last week. Specifically, if the Prime Minister would announce on Sunday the reopening of schools before the end of summer. The official answer is yes, sort of.
Last night the government released guidance on how it believes schools can start to reopen safely. From all accounts the reaction from headteachers is one of trepidation. Understandably, they are feeling the pressures of executing these guidelines in practice. They will need time to consult with peers and parents on how to pull this off.
Their primary concerns: how to ensure the safety of their staff and pupils. Plus, how to build parent confidence enough to even allow their children to attend school.
One of the details that needs fleshing out is scheduling school drop offs and pick ups to minimise parent interaction. If you haven’t used it already you may want to explore Classlist’s sign up tool. You can ask parents to sign up to particular times to drop off their children. Like the rest of Classlist’s features – its free.
From transportation, class sizes (it sounds like up to 15 max), use of PPE gear and one-way corridor systems – there will be lot of micro decisions needed to make reopening happen. Headteachers will be looking to school community leaders for help. This includes official and self appointed leaders: PTAs, parent associations and class reps and community minded parents stepping up to help in the next coming weeks. You will have plenty of interesting experiences to share with your head and with each other.
Apply to join our invitation only Ambassadors circle and share ideas with other school community leaders. Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
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12 May 2020, Susan Burton, CEO, Founder, Classlist
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