This month's blog post was written by Ava, 17, reflecting on how the return to school has been this year amongst all the uncertainty.
"It has definitely been a relief for me to have a regulated structure to my week"
We’re back at school now, settling into the new system and although it’s different, we will work through it together.
For me, school this year was especially daunting due to the unknown it felt like I was walking into. The uncertainty of how safe it would be, whether enough precautions were going to be taken and the disruption to work all worried me. I was also apprehensive about the journey into school and the best way to do this to limit my exposure. It is an anxious time and it is understandable that we
have worries and apprehensions and I am sure most people will have these; however, schools are doing a lot to ensure that the risk is limited and at the same time, they are able to provide an extra level of support to help you feel more relaxed.
The routine that school gives can help you feel more settled and it has definitely been a relief for me to have a regulated structure to my week.
The risk of returning to school is being managed through social bubbles and the separation of year groups throughout the school. Schools are doing everything they can to make sure you are safe and by zoning year groups like this, you are coming into contact with a lot fewer people, making schools much safer. One-way systems mean that you cross paths with fewer people and staggered start times ensures that large crowds of people are not gathered in front of the school. All of these measures I have found to be very effective and have meant that the main people I come into close contact with are those people within my lessons. It has really helped to calm my fears on how well the measures would be followed and it has shown me just how important safety is to schools.
"Walking/cycling where possible is a brilliant way to reduce your exposure and at the same time reducing your carbon footprint"
You may feel powerless at the moment and like so much is out of your control. However, some things are still within your abilities to manage and making sure you implement some of these will help you to take charge of your own safety.
Walking/cycling where possible is a brilliant way to reduce your exposure and at the same time reducing your carbon footprint and giving you some daily exercise, which will help to diminish your stress levels. As well, making sure to wash or sanitise your hands regularly will mean you are less exposed to germs and you are often able to do this by using hand sanitiser provided at school. Taking these extra measures can be just as important as following the schools’ measures in reducing the risk of catching the virus.
Although the prospect of school at the moment can feel daunting, schools are putting in so much work to make sure you are safe and supported and the measures they put in will ensure the risks are managed the best they can be.