The Return to School – is it much needed or more panic stations?
We have the date for the girls return to school and that is the 8th of September. I don’t know whether to be super excited and throw a full on whisky party or to be nervous and anxious of their return to school.
Christ it has been so long while they have been at home, don’t get me wrong it has been a fantastic oppertunity to be so involved with their education. Learning more about their educational likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses even if it is learning times tables with Mouse.
It just goes to show after the ride all of us parents have just been on throughout the lockdown period just how amazing of a job our kids teachers do.
May not be the same for your kids school but I know for us we are fortunate that they are always on point and with an amazing team there.
What does the return to school mean?
Well not totally sure what the return to school means to you but I know for me and the family it is one step closer to being back in reality and returning to some spec of life as it once was before the pandemic.
I worry that the whole lockdown period the nation has being thrust into, especially the children and how things will chnage so drastically for them when they return to school and be so different that it will hav an impact on their mental health and well-being.
A great article I read recently from MentalHealth.org.uk regarding the returning to school after the coronavirus lockdown quite a useful read, with tips and helpful advice for both parents, carers and schools.
As well as above I found this guide for Supporting a Child returning to School after Lockdown which I think would be beneficial and helpful to a lot of us parents facing similar worries.
Not to be taken lightly by any means though as the Pandemic and ole Corona is still lingering like a good old egg fart. Sorry for the Flatulence addition there but I couldn’t think of any other way to describe the circumstances still around Covid-19.
For most this may raise the anxiety and have a knock on effect of our mental health by causing an overload of worry about our children’s safety when they return to school.
I have all the confidence in the girls school though, they have set in place various things to keep the kids safe, I have listed some of them below.
- One way in, One way out traffic system.
- Smaller numbered Classes (Classes will be there own bubble).
- Hand Sanitising and Washing facilities increased and regular hand washing to be mandatory.
- Staggered Lunch and Play-times to reduce the numbers in the playgrounds and classes kept in their bubbles.
- Staggered Collection and Drop off times at the start and end of the School Day.
- PE Days the children must attend school in their PE kit and wear for the day to reduce the risk within the changing rooms.
I am not 100% sure of what will be happening regards before and after school clubs just yet.
2020 so far!
Due to the Corona virus 2020 in a whole so far has just been a bit shit hasn’t it. (Ooo is this the first time I have swore on here?). It has caused the children to miss out on so much, not just educational but socially also.
Mouse loves her choir at school and other after school actvities, especially the time with her school friends. But due to ord Rona she hasn’t been able to participate in these.
Titch has missed her friends and is one of our girls who have been affected by the lack or change of routine without being in school. She does perform better academically within the school setting and with the helpful push from her teachers to knuckle down and do her school work.
It was quite difficult throughout lockdown and homeschooling to get Titch to concentrate and apply herself to the tasks we had set for her or that the school had supplied us with to do.
Pig, well she has really missed her pre-school. She loved attending, seeing her friends and all the various play activities they did to help them learn and develop.
Pig is due to start school this term so things in place at school will fast become the norm she knows for school . She has missed out on the few taster sessions that would have been arranged before the 6 weeks summer holidays, as well as meeting her new teacher.
Because of this they have extended what is normally a 2 week staggered settling in period before starting full time. (You know to ease them into the School life gently rather than dropping them straight in at the deep end). It will be 3 weeks I believe, couple of hours a week to get them started and to keep the numbers down as part of the safety measures set in place.
I will cover more about Pig starting school in a future post which is coming soon.
Now we are coming out the back end so to speak with the relaxation of Lockdown. With businesses and schools resuming some for of normality.
What are your thoughts on how the schools will handle the return to normal?
Are you nervous or anxious of your kids return to school? It will be good for them though, being back in an environment for them, and seeing their friends once again.
Let me know in the comments below.