Parents who taught their children at home during the coronavirus lockdown are eyeing the next term with full classes expected to return in September.
Families can expect to pick up their children from school at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
But many have received emails from teachers telling them they will only educate their children until lunchtime, at least one day of the week, reports the Daily Mail.
Some will do it twice a week or even close early throughout the week, with principals saying this is to meet additional security requirements.
Staff say more time is also needed for a deep cleaning due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Many schools say they will need to send students home at least one afternoon a week to give teachers statutory time to plan and grade lessons, which they would typically do while a colleague picks up their class. subsequent courses.
But staff say it’s hard to do due to guidelines for the constant social “bubbles” among teachers and students, and add that they’ll make up for this wasted time with shorter breaks.
A British teacher has died from the virus and this was not contracted by the school, according to documents from the government advisory group Sage.
No child with coronavirus has required hospital care since early June, with the average number of confirmed cases among young people near zero.
Three teachers required hospital care during the same period.
The new plans raise concerns about children running out of valuable classroom time after many have already lost half a year of schooling in lockdown.
It will also cause hardship among parents and households hoping to return to normal working hours in the fall.
Geoff Barton of the Association of School and College Leaders told the Daily Mail: “Teachers are entitled to some planning, preparation and evaluation time during the school week.
“However, the need to separate students and adults into consistent bubbles can make this more difficult, and some schools may decide to close earlier one day a week.
“This is an example of the dilemmas facing schools in the new term. ”
Schools determined to stick to their traditional closing time plan to meet safety regulations with staggered start times for different groups of years.
They also say they will cut back on breakfast and after school clubs.
While some teachers’ unions still refuse to support any form of reopening in September.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said: “The structure of the day and week at school should not be a nuisance to parents and schools should not shorten either the day or the week. week, except to support and improve the education of their students. “