One-way arrows on the floors of the corridors, calls over the intercom to maintain distance, smaller class groups: That's the new normal in the corona pandemic for students of the Friedrich-Ebert-Gymnasium in the western German city of Bonn. Those back at school belong to the classes doing state exams this year. They've been back at school for real since Monday, preparing for their graduation or intermediate exams. "We have made quite a few preparations," school principal Frank Langner told DW. Each year has been split up into two groups called cohorts, each with 70 to 75 students. The individual courses have also been spread over two classrooms. There are never more than 15 students in one room. "That way, we can ensure that any infections that happen are limited to one cohort. So we have adapted in-school lessons." Langer said that thanks to the smaller class sizes, distancing and masks, the risk of infection during class was quite low anyway. Watch video 02:24 … [Read more...] about COVID: Was it premature to open German schools?
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Is the end of homeschooling in sight? As schools prepare to reopen their doors, we think we heard a collective sigh of relief coming from parents and guardians all over the country! And it's good news for the children too who are no doubt excited to get back in the classroom, back with their friends and back in the playground. It's time to get them kitted out for life back in the classroom But if you feel like you've been caught on the back foot and aren't quite as ready in terms of all those school essentials as you would normally be, then never fear. There's still time to get the last minute uniform you need from Marks & Spencer AND it will be delivered safely, straight to your door. And while they might not look forward to swapping out tracksuits for smart trousers, the M&S range is designed with style in mind! So whether you need to kit them out head-to-toe or just need a few pieces to top up their options, M&S has got you covered with … [Read more...] about Kids going back to school? Don’t worry it’s not too late to kit them out for the classroom (and it won’t break the bank!)
SECONDARY school kids won't all be able to go back on the dot on March 8 as they have to be tested first, Gavin Williamson confirmed today. The Education Secretary stressed that schools could have a few days to get all their children back in as they would need to organise dishing out the tests. Secondary school kids are to be tested twice a week under fresh plans to get children back in the classroom from March 8 - with the first two done in schools. They must be done at least three days apart, meaning millions may not be going back until the week after. As officials said earlier this week, kids will be allowed a staggered return in order to sort out the system. Breakfast and after-school clubs and children's sport can also start again. Primary pupils will not have to be tested or wear masks. But all secondary school children must take four tests within the first fortnight of reopening. Teens will be free to attend class after their first negative test but … [Read more...] about Secondary school kids WON’T all go back on March 8 as they have to be tested first, Gavin Williamson confirms
HAVEN has announced that they will be opening from April 12, following the government lockdown announcment. Boris Johnson confirmed in the Monday announcement that self-catered UK holidays could restart from April 12. While this is only for one household - going up to two households on May 17 - it is great new for families wanting to get a holiday booked . Haven said in a statement: "Following the Government announcement earlier this week with regards to the roadmap out of lockdown measures, we can confirm that our parks will remain closed in England until Monday 12 April. "We are however, delighted that the roadmap has considered self-contained accommodation to reopen at Stage two and we look forward to welcoming many families to enjoy a coastal break that we pride ourselves on from the 12 April across our parks in England." This is also just in time for the end of the Easter half term , which ends on April 16. Haven also confirmed that while guests with March … [Read more...] about Haven to reopen parks from April 12 following lockdown announcement
Pupils may not be back in the classroom within the week of March 8 as schools struggle to ramp up mass-testing. Heads across England are planning a staggered return over the course of the week as they test millions of secondary students. But some may be forced to delay the return to lessons even longer as they embark on the huge logistical operation. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson insisted: “They’ve got a week to bring all those pupils back, so they can be tested during that week.” But Downing Street was unable to guarantee that all pupils would have face-to-face learning by the end of the week. Boris Johnson ’s official spokesman said: “We want children to back in the classroom as soon as they can. “There is a bit of flexibility in terms of secondary schools, making sure the appropriate testing can happen.” Do you enjoy reading about politics? Sign up for all the best politics news from the Mirror Government sources admitted that “some schools” would be … [Read more...] about Teachers’ stark warning as they say ‘extremely unlikely’ all kids back on March 8