The Return to School – is it much needed or more panic stations?

featured image for my blog post The return to school

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.

The Return to School, how will the kids be with this new normal?
The Return to School, how will the kids be with this new normal? – Pic source shutterstock -Credit Chinnapong

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.

A new Normal for Parents and Children alike but can return to some form of normality with the return to school following the Coronavirus.
A new Normal for Parents and Children alike but can return to some form of normality with the return to school following the Coronavirus. Pic source Shutterstock – Credit – SariMe

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.

Will our Children be nervous or anxious about returning to school? Will the last 6 months affect their mental health following the pandemic and lockdown?
Will our Children be nervous or anxious about returning to school? Will the last 6 months affect their mental health following the pandemic and lockdown? – pic source Shutterstock – Credit – LeManna

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.
Kids are adaptable and will soon adjust to the new normal on their return to school
Kids are adaptable and will soon adjust to the new normal with their return to school. – Pic Source Shutterstock – Credit – Elana Medoks

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.

Mouse doing some of her Home-schooling work on Discovery Espresso
Mouse doing some of her Home-schooling work on Discovery Espresso

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.

Titch working through a Twinkl Maths colouring in worksheet during Home-schooling.
Titch working through a Twinkl Maths colouring in worksheet during Home-schooling.

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.

Pig involved with the Home-schooling during lockdown with some pre-school activities on discovery espresso.
Pig involved with the Home-schooling during lockdown with some pre-school activities on discovery espresso.

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.

How have you found the whole lockdown situation? Did you have any positives from Lockdown? What things did you notice throughout the pandemic?

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.

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8 Thoughts to “The Return to School – is it much needed or more panic stations?”

  1. The Doubting Thomas

    Great update Eddie – personally I can’t wait. Of course there’s apprehension about them going back but at the end of the day we’re trusting that the school will be doing everything in their power to keep them safe. The kids really need it too, they’ve missed interactions with people their own age as opposed to just each other and we need to miss them too! Can’t wait to get back into the routine.

    1. Absolutely Tom. They have missed out on so much academically and socially. I think from what the schools have planned it may take some getting used to, especially for us parents as well as the kids. With the way they are doing collection after the school day, will be a lot of trips around the school as we will have 3 in school this term.

  2. This sounds very much like what our school are doing, they go back Wednesday and I can’t work out how I feel about it either. I just can’t let myself believe that they’ll be back on site schooling for good. Like preparing yourself to have failed an exam, I’m expecting the worst so when anything less bad happens it’ll be a nice surprise.

    1. That’s what we have done, set ourselves up for their return to homeschooling at somepoint. If it doesn’t happen… Wahoo… But if a 2nd wave does happen and back into lockdown and homeschooling we are prepared for it.

  3. Heads screwed on, that’s us

  4. Personally its great to get the back to schools, both for there development, and for our sanity, however seing how people have dealt with the lockdown procedures, including teenagers and kids etc i would be concerned about how people treat it, what ever happens for the short term school will not be the same, and possibly this whole school year, id be surprised if they lockdown again, but more likely make even more tougher rules down the line, but who knows lol.

    1. That’s the thing isn’t it, nobody knows what may happen. We are prepared for homeschooling again if it does come to that. I’ve noticed that with the younger generation mainly teens and with younger kids it’s more the fact the parents aren’t making sure the kids follow the measures in place. I think it will be ok in the schools as the teachers and staff will make sure measures for safety are maintained. Definitely needed for the sanity 😂.

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