Are you happy to return to school?


26th August 2020

MANY pupils across Britain are heading back to classrooms for the first time since the pandemic closed schools back in March.

There is often some anxiety about going back to school after the summer break, but fear about coronavirus is making it even harder this year for some children and families.

However, all of the UK’s chief medical officers put out a joint statement this week to reassure parents that it was safe to send their children back to school. They said “very few, if any” children and teenagers would come to long-term harm from the virus just by attending school, while there was a “certainty” of harm from not returning.

Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, said she understood why parents and carers might be worried. But she said she wanted to reassure everyone that the risk to pupils is “very, very small”. And, she said what she has said before – if children do catch COVID-19, it tends to be very mild.

Dr Harries added that the “long-term harms of children not attending school” posed more of a danger than the virus, in a well-managed school environment.

Schools in Scotland reopened earlier this month. Northern Ireland welcomed pupils back on Monday, with English and Welsh schools opening the school gates again at the start of September.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a video saying: “It’s vitally important that we get our children back into the classroom to learn and to be with their friends. Nothing will have a greater effect on the life chances of our children than returning to school.”

Meanwhile, the National Education Union (NEU), which speaks for a lot of teachers, said it agreed it was good for children to return to school. But it is urging the Government to get extra teachers into schools, find more teaching space, give schools more money for cleaning, and have a clearer plan about what to do if there’s a spike in COVID-19 cases.


Are you happy to go back to school?


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ivansp2011 · 3 weeks ago

I am happy to return to school because I can see my friends again and it will be interesting to know what the school has changed or things that stayed the same.

aspeni · 3 weeks ago

First to comment

v_venkie · 3 weeks ago

I would like to go back to school because its been 6 months since we went to school. We can see the new things and activities that our new teachers have done.It will be a pleasure to finally meet our new teacher.

delealli · 3 weeks ago

I am really excited for going back to school because I am getting very bored with no work to do and I really want to see all of my friends, rather than just the few I’m seeing now.

kuhuzoo9 · 3 weeks ago

I am not looking forward to going back to school because my old school closed and I am dead nervous about going to a new school for only one year

kuhuzoo9 · 3 weeks ago

It closed because it lost too much money
There were only 11 pupils left!
I am sooo sad 😭😭🤧😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😢🤧🤧🤧🤧🤧

kuhuzoo9 · 3 weeks ago

If it were still open I would have been happy to go

swace · 3 weeks ago

I'm happy to be going back to school. It is very important at this young age to keep up your education as a child, as this will influence your later life. School is also a good opportunity to get out and see your friends, which you can't do whilst home learning.

emoji4172 · 3 weeks ago

Yes, of course! I have been stuck at home for so long without seeing my friends and I look foward to seeing them (while social distancing, of course)!

omangion · 3 weeks ago

I can't wait to go back to school as I am starting secondary school and I can make a whole new lot of friends.

tennis22 · 3 weeks ago

I'm really happy to go back to school.
I am a key worker child so I'm very used to the social distancing measures in place and the hand sanitizer stations. I am also used to increased hand washing.
I am also super excited to see my friends

farpianist · 3 weeks ago

I’m really thrilled to go to school especiallly as I am moving on to high school and I just missed that atmosphere of support and joy I am not that worried to entering school as I know that we are being too ken in very good care I hope that there won’t be a another lockdown whilst I’m in school !✨

bananas08 · 3 weeks ago

I will be fine to return to school as we would be at very low risk of coronavirus
Although I did quite enjoy doing work at home

celtic10 · 3 weeks ago

Love being back at school

sourdough · 3 weeks ago

I would like to go back to school as I have not enjoyed online school. I think it will be better as most students prefer a more hands on approach.

crystalx27 · 2 weeks ago

I agree with sourdough

p-unicorn · 2 weeks ago

im happy to return to school and see all my friends again but ill be so careful

meepemeeps · 2 weeks ago

I started today :)

galaxystar · 2 weeks ago

I would love to get back to school so that I can see all of my friends and start in a new class.

eryznar · 2 weeks ago

I am happy to go back to school because I can see my friends and teachers again. I am also interested to see how schools are going to cope and how they are going to manage things.

katkid10 · 1 week ago

I didn't see some of the class, we had one hourish of seeing some of the people in my class that I was in last year.

jakejosh · 7 days ago

Don't like waking up early