Coronavirus: Why are the schools closed?

Coronavirus: Why are the schools closed?

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:45am 30th March 2020. (Updated at 9:40am 30th March 2020)

Top tips and handy guides for explaining what's going on to young children.

  • Times are confusing at the moment for all of us, especially young children.
  • Explaining to young children why school is closed can be quite challenging.
  • We've got some advice from teachers to help you out.

At the moment, everything's quite confusing for all of us. The coronavirus outbreak has massively changed the way we live our lives.

As well as affecting us, this also has a huge impact on our children, and can be really confusing.

However, there are some helpful tools and guides that you can use to explain why schools are closed.

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This guide explains why schools are closed at the moment using easy-to-understand words and pictures

You can read ELSA Support's story about why schools are closed to your children - click the link below.

You can also watch this video, explaining the concept of social distancing through an animated story.

Of course, teachers are still working hard to support their pupils remotely.

At Grove Road Community Primary School in Harrogate, they're using an app called SeeSaw to communicate with families.

Alex Bynoe, nursery teacher at Grove Road, told Stray FM:

"We want to ensure the children see our faces so as a team we are posting videos daily to our classes.

" The children and their families are then sending videos and messages back to the staff which we give feedback on.

"In the build up to closing, our KS2 children had lessons with their teachers exploring what they would want from Home Learning."

At Grove Road, they've also used this guide for explaining the coronavirus to children. A printable version is available here.

The headteacher at Grove Road, Chris Parkhouse, told Stray FM:

"Our aim is simple. We want to do everything we possibly can to continue to inspire our children at home, help them to be passionate about their learning and share this with their families.

"By producing an online learning timetable, we are providing  opportunities to cover the daily fundamentals, with teacher input, as well as exciting creative tasks for all the family."

Chris is setting fun competitions on YouTube for children of all ages and their families:

Chris continued:

"Our hope is that it will enable families to keep a familiar structure to the day, ready for when we all come back to school, as well as creating lots of fun family time without being online for too long.

"We hope the ‘Rap A Book’ Challenge can be enjoyed by lots of our families, bring some much needed laughter into the household and hopefully spark a passion for reading and music."

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