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Primary school unveils plans for social distancing when pupils return to class

Fury as primary school shares bizarre social distancing ‘plan’ with children as young as four ‘put in ”bubbles” in the playground, allocated timeslots for toilet breaks and given NO help from teachers if they fall or wet themselves’

  • Holywell Village First School in Northumberland revealed social distancing plans
  • School advised that children would have to stay inside a hoop on the playground
  • A now-deleted post on the school’s Facebook page showed pupil ‘play bubbles’ 

A primary school has advised that children would have to stay inside a hoop on the playground and clean their own cuts if they fall over when classrooms reopen. 

Holywell Village First School in Northumberland, has come under fire over its plans for social distancing when pupils return to the classroom on June 1. 

A now-deleted post on the school’s Facebook page seen by Metro said pupils will be assigned ‘play bubbles’ where they will have to stay when they go outside to the playground.

The instructions were accompanied by a picture to show how it would work if they reopen as expected on June 1 – with hula hoops placed in rows across the ground marked with an x in the middle. 

Pictures revealed desks inside Holywell Village First School in Northumberland spaced two metres apart 

A now-deleted post on the school's Facebook page seen by Metro also revealed that children will be assigned 'play bubbles' while in the playground

A now-deleted post on the school’s Facebook page seen by Metro also revealed that children will be assigned ‘play bubbles’ while in the playground

The post also said children will be given specific time slots for going to the bathroom ‘and will not be allowed to leave the classroom outside of their allocated toilet times’.  

Parents also raised concern about children having to ‘do their own first aid’ if they scrape themselves.  

The post read: ‘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.’

The post was deleted after it was shared thousands of times, and parents criticised the new measures.   

Mum-of-three Kristina Richards, 29, told the 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. 

Pupils at the school will be sat at desks two metres apart under the social distancing guidelines

Pupils at the school will be sat at desks two metres apart under the social distancing guidelines

The school, which will reopen on June 1, shared its proposed plans on social media. Pictured: Arrows and markings remind pupils to remain a safe distance apart while walking through the corridor

The school, which will reopen on June 1, shared its proposed plans on social media. Pictured: Arrows and markings remind pupils to remain a safe distance apart while walking through the corridor

‘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.’

Others raised concerns that parents would not be allowed to enter the school and there would be no hot meals.

The school said the ‘drastic’ changes were enforced to ‘keep staff and children as safe as possible’. 

Other measures state that soft furnishings will also be removed as well as all other unnecessary furniture.

MailOnline has contacted the school for comment. 

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