Sheffield mum opens up on ‘pressure’ of homeschooling in lockdown as kids return to school

After weeks of homeschooling, parents in Sheffield are now more than eager to have their children back in school beginning today as coronavirus infection rates are continuing to fall across England.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 2:24 pm
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 2:34 pm

Mum-of-three, Amy Rhodes said she felt a sense of relief of having two of her elder children in school as she believed that they were safe enough to do so.

She said the school where her children - Isabella, 8 and Harrison, 6 go to - Ecclesall Primary School, has stringent safety measures in place to keep everyone safe by enforcing the 2-metre social distancing rule and wearing the face covering.

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Amy and her children, Isabella, 8 and Harrison, 6.

The 32-year-old stay-at-home-mum said: "It's been hard for me especially as I have a baby being born in February last year and we had a few weeks before we went into (the first) lockdown.

"Homeschooling was fine then, but as the baby got older, it has been a lot of pressure for me so I've had good days and I've got bad days.

"So I am a bit relieved they have gone back to school and it took some pressure off me...it makes a huge difference."

Mum-of-four Murni Mokhtar, 49 of Woodhouse said two of her children, Musaddiq, 17 and Muhriz, 15, will return to their secondary schools in King Edward VII and Aston Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Murni and her children, Musaddiq, 17 and Muhriz 15. Picture by Murni Mokhtar.

And taking the lateral flow tests organised by the schools for her children helps keep her mind at ease, she added.

"I am not that concerned anymore, first, because a lot more people are vaccinated now and the Covid positive cases continue to fall.

"It's a matter of time the kids returned to school and I'm a lot happier. I'm not anxious or anything because more adults are vaccinated now so I wouldn't worry about them getting on the bus."

She however hopes that lateral flow testing is made mandatory instead of voluntary.

"If parents are being responsible, they should do it. Imagine, everybody gets a test and they all test negative, everybody is safe and can be happy in school," she said.

Most secondary schools have started with a staggered return this week, as pupils take Covid tests called lateral flow tests and face masks are required to be worn in classrooms.

Primary schools have opened for all pupils on Monday.

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