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Supporting pupils who have to self-isolate

The emotional implications of individual pupils or entire social bubbles being forced to self-isolate should not be dismissed. Shahana Knight looks at how we can manage and support the emotional wellbeing of children who are ‘sent home’

After almost six months of lockdown, families have returned to school again. It felt like finally there would be some structure and some consistency after a long period of uncertainty. How wrong we were…

Within the first two days of term, pupils and staff in class bubbles began to test positive for Covid-19 and headteachers had no choice but to send children and groups of children home to self-isolate.

In fact, the second week back and I received an email to say my own daughter could not to return to school the next day because someone in her bubble had tested positive – she was asked to stay at home for two weeks.

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