Children returning to schools in England next month will be taught in “protective bubbles” of no more than 15 and kept apart from others in order to minimise risk and keep pupils safe, according to new government guidance.
Assemblies, breaks and lunchtimes will be staggered to keep the number of pupils coming into contact with each other to a minimum, and each class will have the same teacher at all times and work in the same space to limit risks of infection.
How will schools be kept safe
The advice also suggests nurseries and schools should remove soft furnishings and toys that are hard to clean. Schools should also consider introducing one-way circulation, or placing a divider down the middle of corridors.
Headteachers will be advised to stagger drop-off and home times to reduce gatherings of parents and children around the school gates. Cleaning will be increased, corridors should be one-way where possible, doors should be kept open and staff should ensure toilets do not become overcrowded.
Schools across the UK are now closed to most families. @NCSC have resources to help you learn about online safety at home with your child🌐
For a step-by-step guide👇 https://t.co/WPEtSNAqkV pic.twitter.com/UnJtP2FuJU
— Department for Education (@educationgovuk) May 11, 2020
The National Education Union rejected the reopening plans as “reckless”.