Hi, I’m a 63 year-old primary school teacher with severe asthma, I was shielding and I have to confess that I’m really scared about returning to work. Our classrooms are too small to allow me to keep the recommended 2m distance, we have been told not to wear face coverings, there is just one loo for all the staff which certainly won’t be cleaned after each person. The class ‘bubbles’ are largely fictional- as a language specialist, I will be teaching six different groups each week in six different classrooms, while at least four other teachers will teach in my classroom each week.
I am desperately keen to get children back into school but I have no confidence in the school’s ability or willingness to make this safe - during lockdown no-one made any attempt to maintain social distancing in the key worker school because it was too difficult’!
In general, it is hard to make sensible judgements about what activities are safe after shielding - my GP said to me at the beginning of lockdown that if I got the virus, I had a greater chance of dying than surviving!
I would to hear from others facing similar dilemmas.