The easing out of coronavirus lockdown restrictions has seen quite a number of primary schools across England reopening and some pupils returning.
Due to the nationwide lockdown, all schools had been closed since the beginning of the month of March. Pupils who are in Reception, Year 1 and 6 who have been out of school for the past ten weeks are now able to return.
Parents and councils have raised concerns over the reopening of schools in the midst of the constant coronavirus crisis. It is highly likely that a large number of pupils will not return to school any time soon as their parents and guardians are still wary.
A number of school managers and leader have been making strategies to train in order to prepare for an increased number of pupils returning this week or the upcoming weeks.
Caldecote primary school in Braunstone, Leicester remained open throughout the lockdown to cater for the 70 children of key workers and vulnerable children. The leader of the school Matt Alcock welcomed almost a third of his reception and year 1 pupils, and half of year 6.
He said: “I’ve got mixed emotions. It’s a shame we could not get more in.I’m hoping that will remedy itself over time. But there’s a sense of joy today, because the school is up and running in a more traditional capacity.
“It was great to see so many parents this morning. It’s been really nice to see them back. We know everything looks and feels very different. But it’s just nice to see kids outside playing, doing what they do well. It’s been interesting to see. They are naturally self-distancing.”