Here's what six Sheffield parents and carers think of their children going back to school
School children from across Sheffield have joined pupils up and down the country in returning to the classroom in recent days for the first time in six months.
We reached out to parents and carers and asked them how they felt about their children returning to school, and how their youngsters have found the experience.
One commenter on The Star’s Facebook page, Joe Adam, said he believed schools opened again too quickly.
“[I’m] etremely concerned about my children and my health. I wish we stayed closed another three or four months. It won’t do harm if we remained closed, we did it for six months we can do it even longer. [Schools] should have stayed closed.”
Melissa Damms said her little girl was enjoying being back at school, but she worried she wouldn’t be able to be there for long.
“My little girl is a year 2 and she absolutely loves being back at school. I hope it stays like that, but I don't think it will last long. If they have to shut schools I know it will be for the best, but our kids have already lost so much education.”
Sarah Hoppman said her son had already been forced to self-isolate as classmates at the school he attends had tested positive for Covid-19.
“My six-year-old has been super excited since going back last Thursday. But today he is off and now in two week isolation already.”
Kirsty Kipling said she was happy to see all of her children back at school, but admitted she had concerns.
“My kids are really enjoying it. I’m a mum to four kids under age off 11. It’s nice for them to get back into normality but, on the other hand, I am anxious – any parent would be.”
Beverley Hardware said her grandson was loving being back at school.
“My grandson is really pleased to be back, I just hope they stay at school.”
Grandad Brian Clark said he expected his grand-daughter to also be forced in to self-isolation soon.
“My grand daughter was back today [and there was] no social distancing, in or out of class! I will be surprised if she’s not off for two weeks quite soon.”