With some year groups returning to school from the 1st June, the need for schools to implement social distancing practices in science lessons effectively and efficiently will be vital to ensuring maximum safety for both students and teachers. Core practicals could be delivered under these circumstances, but to ensure the safest delivery, close collaboration between teachers and technicians is more important than ever.
It is clear from government guidelines that the return will be phased, with reduced class sizes and observing the 2m social distancing rule. CLEAPSS has produced a guide ‘GL343 – CLEAPSS Guide to doing practical work in a partially reopened school – Science – Ver. 1.3 – 13th May 2020’ which we recommend is read together with any other guidance given by your school/employer. This guidance is offered at the time of press and as things are changing daily it may need to be reviewed accordingly.