MORE than 20 councils across England – mainly in the north – are advising schools not to reopen to more pupils this week.
But, for those kids returning to the classroom, what is the guidance for uniforms and PE gear?
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Do kids have to wear school uniform?
Not all schools are stipulating that pupils wear uniforms upon their return to the classroom from June 1.
The Sun Online has found that some are relaxing strict dress codes, and ditching uniforms altogether.
For example, Ranskill Primary School, near Doncaster, recommends: "Please send your child into school in sportswear: joggers, t-shirt and trainers if you can."
But, Northwold School in Clapton, London, says: "Government guidance suggests that for infection control that all children come into school with clean clothes where possible.
"As the school reopens to more children, we are now asking that children wear school uniform.
"We acknowledge that this may be difficult for some families and we suggest that this could be supplemented with non-uniform clothing when needed."
The Sun has found that schools are generally keen to have kids wearing clothes which are easy to wash, as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus.
So, for practical reasons some are telling parents to forget about traditional schoolwear, and aim for the likes of t-shirts, hoodies and joggers.
As no firm rule has been set by government officials for wearing – or not wearing – uniforms, it's best to check your child's school website for guidance.
Will they have to get changed for PE lessons?
It's best to contact your child’s school for its specific arrangements for PE lessons, as there's also no government guidance on this activity.
A check of school websites by The Sun shows that many are asking parents not to send kids to school with PE gear – particularly those requiring youngsters to ditch uniforms for sportswear in classrooms.
That means they can carry out any activity without the need to change.
But they do want kids to wear fresh clothes every day.
Hoole CE Primary School in Chester, for example, states that pupils are not required to bring PE kit into school.
"This is so clothing worn during the day can be washed immediately when your child returns home.
"We ask that children dress appropriately for school so that they do not need to change for outdoor activities, for example, leggings, shorts, jogging bottoms, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pumps or trainers," it adds.
Given the sunny weather, children are being advised to have a hat and long-sleeved tops for protection against sunburn.
What other rules have changed?
Schools have had to change the way they run to keep people safe.
For example, the Department for Education recommends:
- All frequently touched surfaces, equipment, door handles and toilets need to be cleaned thoroughly each day
- Try to reduce possible contact between different groups of children, and between adults, for example having corridors used on a one-way basis
- Encourage frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices – use the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- For primary schools, classes should be split in half, with no more than 15 pupils per small group and one teacher, plus – if needed – a teaching assistant, to create a safe 'bubble'
- Schools are advised to stagger start and end times between year groups
- Pupils are being told not to cough or spit at or towards any other person
- Water bottles and school equipment can't be shared
- Teachers and pupils have been told not to go to school if they have coronavirus symptoms, or go home as soon as these develop
- Classroom doors and windows should be open if possible for increased air flow
- The number of pupils using the toilet at any one time should be limited
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