Yeah, I have to admit to being sceptical about whether they'll manage to open the schools in time.
There are a lot of people who are genuinely fearful about catching it. One guy I work with would have been in quite a 'hands-on', public facing role where he'd be interacting with people in close proximity. He's a sound guy, hard-working, good attitude, popular with all and loves his job. Handed in his notice today at age 63 - says he doesn't value the extra money enough to overcome his fears (he has moderately severe asthma - possibly other conditions that I'm not aware of).
There will be people like that among the school staff, as well as the usual chancers (of which there are probably more
), and it is the kind of job where they are going to be in contact with a LOT of people, who in turn are quite likely to be transmitters, and who aren't always known for their willingness to do exactly as told. So I do have some sympathy for the schools - it isn't easy to balance all the requirements.
But we're almost in August now, over 4 months since we shut down and these things should have been thought through by now.
One issue that I haven't heard much talk about, but I expect to be a major problem is childcare. Teaching is very female dominated, with many in the profession in no small part because it 'fits' well with family life (length of working day, holidays etc). A lot of creches are taking fewer kids (or none!) and with reduced opening hours. And schools possibly won't be taking kids for the normal hours either. Not so easy to organise flexitime for those teachers with kids, and there are already shortages of temporary/sub teachers
Not to mention, cleaning, sanitisers, one-way systems, eating and play areas etc