The re-opening of schools across much of Europe is the next experiment in the world of COVID-19.
Will the juniors be able to play marbles, conkers, or hopscotch? Will the seniors be able to canoodle behind the bike sheds, without 'socially distancing'? Will the teachers hold their breath behind a perspex screen until break time? Will the two metre rule hold strong in the staffroom?
Will attendance be staggered? Will desks be placed two metres apart? Will masks be worn all day long? No-one really seems to know. Maybe it will be up to individual schools.
Children need the interaction with their peers that only school life offers. They need to compete, to banter, even to argue.
We are told that children are the least susceptible to COVID-19, but their teachers must be amongst the most vulnerable. One virus carrier inside a classroom could cause havoc outside.
Government minds are still changing about the whys and wherefores of classroom life. All children must learn to read, write, add-up, speak coherently, and have basic social skills; and my fingers are crossed that the spelling of SCHOOL will remain as it always was!