<mere anecdote, possibly quite untypical
an occasionally met fellow dogwalker is a teacher at our (very) local County Primary School (which all our children attended). I also voluteered there for a while after retirement, providing French conversation with a French teacher who left (for Spain!) at the end of her contact, and was not replaced.
She was yesterday describing her currently typical classroom activity:
a. about half her class of 30 are typically present, presumably because the children are 'vulnerable' or at least one parent self-assesses as a 'key worker'; but not always the same ones, nor can she predict which ones! Perhaps some parents are working part-time ..
b. she has to deliver the same material to those present and to the remote ones within the same session time; but this (for acoustic reasons) has to be done from different rooms, presumably requiring double the board time. She has 2 Teaching Assistants, who help mind one room while she is in the other
c. in general, the remote children have been cooperative, engaged and coping with the technology. She has, however, heard that some of her Secondary colleagues have been finding that some of their pupils have been less cooperative, including muting their microphones and videos and (new trick) changing their onscreen identities to 'Loading..' so that it appears that they are having technical difficulties while they might have walked away altogether
It sounds as if it's quite (more than usually in that profession!) stressful; and, for her at least, full return would be easier. Equally full return while still observing still necessary hygiene precautions may be challenging. There will also, presumably, be challenges persuading parents still to be 'sensible' (distancing etc) at the school gate. Increased interaction by pupils of all ages within and between households seem to me to raise an obvious risk of further infection spread until nearly all adults, at least, have been vaccinated. Concerns about a full simultaneous return of all pupils to all schools, expressed both by teachers' organisations' and by Public Health authorities' representatives, seem reasonable to me. It is therefore unreasonable, I believe, for these to be dismissed as (if I correctly heard a quote from one of this morning's tabloids) 'obstructionism by militant teaching unions'
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