Mansfield people speak out over idea to keep schools open over the summer
The past academic year has been chaotic for pupils and parents alike but the majority of our readers do not think that schools should reopen for children to return over the holidays.
Most pupils have had significant chunks of 2020 filled with remote learning rather than in school teaching. One suggestion from England’s Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, was that school holidays should be used to catch children up with lost lessons.
We asked our readers if they thought that was a good idea.
Andrea Ruskin said: “Absolutely not.
"Let the kids and adults enjoy their summer.
"Happiness and mental health is most important. Students, teachers and parents, well , everyone...deserves to relax and enjoy their summer.”
Tracy Sowter, said: “Definitely not they need some fun in their lives, to socialise with friends and see family.
"They are not behind anyway if they have been home schooling or if they have been in school.”
Mandy Florence agreed she said: “Kids have spent enough time being cooped up at home doing home schooling let them have some fun in the summer holidays.
"After all there not kids for long besides half of what is taught in school is a waste of time you learn more being out and about in the big bad world or actually doing the job you want.”
Parent Kayleigh Nicholls said: “I've got six and this would certainly help with childcare in the holidays but they need a break and the summer is the best time to have that break as I'm sure there will be less restrictions in the summer months so time for them to have some normality.”
But Donna Claire said: “I'd happily work through the school holidays because that would mean I'd be entitled to take a holiday that would be affordable out of term time because as a teaching assistant I don't get to choose when I can go on holiday so I have to pay the premium despite not having school aged children.”
Janet Saxton, said: “Yes but not all of it, maybe four weeks of it.”
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