Is It The Right Time To Go Back To School?

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I can't actually believe we are now in our 10th week of lockdown. Sometimes it feels like we have been safe at home for months and months whilst other times it feels so much shorter.  John and I are both key workers and have been trying to juggle working from home whilst socially distancing from our family and friends, home schooling little J and just trying to stay as positive as possible. Like most we have just been plodding along trying to do our best and I think in our minds we were prepared to live like this until September when we thought the boys would return to school however it seems that date has been pushed forward a few months with schools and businesses hoping to return in June. The one question on my mind is constantly the same - Is it the right time to go back to school?

This week would have been half term for the boys and although they would never admit it they both would have been looking forward to returning to school on the 1st of June knowing that there was only one more half term left till Summer. They should have been enjoying their final days in school, little J as an infant before he heads to the juniors in September and big J leaving school for good before University. 

As June 1st gets closer I can feel myself getting more anxious than I ever have in my entire life. As I said earlier John and I are key workers and have managed to stay safe at home during the last 10 weeks and we know how lucky we are that we didn't have to send the boys to school to be cared for, others haven't had this privilege. Neither school was a 'hub' however they are opening back up next week to initially care for those of key workers. The infection rate in the North is a lot higher than elsewhere so for now it will just be key worker children attending however we have had lots of correspondence from the school on how the new school day will look and it's changed massively and I'm not sure little J could cope with such a change. 

I am constantly reading online and social media the different thoughts and opinions about the kids returning to school, some saying it's too soon whilst others saying their children are ready to go back. I don't let others opinions affect my decision as I think it's a very personal choice depending on a families personal circumstances whether they are sending their children back or not. I am nervous and I am anxious and I've read all the facts about how Covid-19 doesn't affect younger ones as much as adults and I am constantly checking the daily updates about the R rate and it's facts, to help us make our decision.  John and I are in agreement that little J won't be returning in June. We don't want to risk it for the sake of a few weeks before they break up for Summer anyway. Although both boys have just adapted to this new 'normal' so well we both know that returning to school and being socially distanced from his friends would do little J more harm than good. 

I honestly wish that both boys could see out this school year before their big changes in September but I know deep down that keeping them safe at home is the right thing for our family.

Michelle

10 comments

  1. Better safe than sorry in my opinion

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  2. A very stressful time for all parents

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  3. I think each family has to make their own decision on this don't they? You don't know personal home situation. I'm keeping my non-home ed child at home until September but if somebody chooses to send their child to school I won't judge them for it <3

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  4. ashleigh allan9 June 2020 at 08:42

    Such a hard decision, difficult times!

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  5. I don't think they'll ever be a 'right' time. You've just got to to what's right for you and your family and ignore the judgements of other parents! <3 I've chosen not to send my youngest back yet but for others they may need that break!

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  6. I think it's too soon to go back

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  7. You are not alone in wondering whether the reopening of schools was premature. My daughter has also decided to keep my granddaughter at home. As a single parent who is trying to work from home it would have been much easier just to send my granddaughter to school, but she was not convinced this was safe, and I agree with her.

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  8. My daughter decided not to send my granddaughter back to school, and I agree with her. I'm not sure it's safe or necessary.

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