Boris Johnson announced this week that schools will not reopen until at least 8th March – but his own scientists say it could be sooner than this.
The Prime Minister has ruled out pupils returning before March, after warning that COVID-19 infection rates are still too high.
Mr Johnson said he was “hopeful” that schools could reopen by that date, but said this would be subject to today’s review of the success of the vaccination programme.
However, Johnson previously stated that he could not guarantee schools would be reopened before the Easter holidays, starting on 2nd April.
“Homeschooling has been really challenging for my mental health”
emma KISBY, MOTHER AND BLOGGER
This means at least another three weeks of homeschooling for parents with young children, many of whom struggle to balance their careers with carrying out at-home teaching.
Emma Kisby, a mother of two and new business owner, has found looking after her daughter Eva while trying to run a business “incredibly difficult”.
“During this lockdown, homeschooling has been really challenging for my mental health. It’s been so hard to juggle all my responsibilities and look after a six year old at the same time.”
Top tips from Clinical Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Kilbey to help with remote learning:
🕘 Set a routine
🪑 Create a dedicated workspace
🏫 Stay in touch with school
👯 Work and play
🪁 Be active
⛅️ Be mindful of mental health
👏 Praise your children
📒 Get involved if you can pic.twitter.com/O3oxlvcKAQ
— Department for Education (@educationgovuk) February 10, 2021
Many school teachers and staff have also raised concerns about reopening too early, without a clear plan in place.
Jane Scott, a head of department at BCA, said that her staff would feel “much safer” returning to in person teaching if they were prioritised next for vaccinations.
Jane Scott, Head of English at BCA speaks about her coronavirus concerns.
More than 12 million people across the Uk have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, sparking hope for many of schools reopening soon.
The Prime Minister is due to announce a “roadmap” plan out of lockdown on 22nd February and MPs have warned him not to back away from his promise.