Parents left shocked and outraged as primary school reveals its social distancing plan

Parents are outraged after a primary school has revealed its social distancing plan:

Children will play in hula-hoop bubbles, they will be given set times to use the restroom, and will clean up their own cuts if they fall over.

The primary school that has left parents furious due to its COVID-19 restrictions is Holywell Village First School in Northumberland, as Mail Online reveals. They have suggested applying their social distancing plan on June 1, when pupils return to the classroom.

Image: Facebook | Holywell Village First School

As reported by Metro, in a currently-deleted Facebook post, the school stated students will be assigned ‘play bubbles’ when they go outside to the playground. They even added a photo to visualize the new orders, showing hula hoops placed in rows across the ground marked with an ‘x’ in the middle.

Image: Facebook | Holywell Village First School

Amongst the safety measures that the school planned to take against coronavirus was also removing the soft furnishing, toys, and books. There was simply not enough staff to sanitize them after the children finish using them. Moreover, the post also said kids will have specific time slots for going to the bathroom.

One of the things parents were most concerned about was that their children will have to ‘do their own aid’ in case they scrape themselves. The post stated:

“If they fall over or have a toileting accident they will be encouraged to change themselves and clean their scrape or cut. We have sourced PPE (following the COVID 19 guidance for Educational Settings) which is for use only for staff protection should a child vomit, not for trips, falls or scrapes. If it is not possible for the child to clean themselves in the event of an accident, the parent will be called to collect them so they can do that at home.”

After the Facebook post was shared thousands of times, and heavily criticized for its bizarre statements, it was deleted.

People were in an uproar, as it was written that no hot meals would be provided, and parents would be banned from entering the building.

Besides, children as young as four will have to learn more independently due to teachers having to keep a distance.

Image: Facebook | Holywell Village First School

Kristina Richards, a 29-year-old mum-of-three shared with Metro:

“How on earth can children in reception and year one have an allocated toilet time? They are young kids and if they need to go to the toilet then they need to. No child aged 4/5 should have to clean up their own cuts. And if they can’t do it then a parent will be called. What if that parent is now back to work? Does that mean this child has to wait maybe an hour until a parent arrives to change their child’s soiled clothes or clean their bleeding legs? It’s ludicrous.”

What the school claimed was that these ‘drastic’  measures were necessary, as they would ‘keep staff and children as safe as possible’.

The news if the ‘ludicrous’ social distancing plan comes after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson summarized his plans for reception, year 1 and 6 classes to return from June 1. According to Williamson, pupils would lose more by not attending their schools. Moreover, the Education Secretary outlined some of the measures schools will take once they reopen. They include small classes and keeping children in small socially-distanced groups.

By May 19, there are 246,406 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, with 34,796 fatalities. 

On Sunday, May 17, ministers urged unions to collaborate to reopen schools as soon as possible, after a study by the Institute of Fiscal Studies found out well-off children are doing 75 minutes a day more home learning than the less fortunate ones. 

Furthermore, the Church of England and academy trusts insist schools must reopen soon to avoid ‘irreparable’ damage to vulnerable children.

Additionally, Michael Goveescalated the row by telling union leaders:

“If you really care about children, you will want them to be in school.”

Recently, a heart-breaking photograph of nursery school children forced to play in ‘isolation sections’ in French schools has caused shock and outrage all over social media.

Image: Facebook | Holywell Village First School

The photo was taken in the town of Tourcoing on the border with Belgium. It shows children forced to stay away from each other inside areas marked out with chalk. The shocking image was taken last week by Lionel Top, a TV journalist with the BFM news channel. Top claimed pupils were told to stay in their zones.

Two other photographs display young children lining up for lessons by standing or sitting on crosses spray-painted on the floor, and separated in classrooms with tape.

The photographer said:

“To ensure respect for distances, while taking advantage of recreation, the teaching team drew squares on the ground for the little ones.”

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