Twelve-week closure comes to an end

All the Island’s schools fully reopen this morning.

They closed 13 weeks ago on 23 March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

These Ballakermeen students have been studying from home during the period and are worried about the long-term implications on their education:

Maths teacher at Ballakermeen Tiffany Baker says the return will feel very different from a normal start to a term.

She understands some pupils will be anxious while others will be excited:

The newly appointed Children’s Champion agrees it’ll be an anxious return to school for many students today.

Rob Callister MHK recently took up the role, which focuses on giving vulnerable children on the Island a voice when decisions concerning them are being made.

After three months of lockdown, with some not able to keep up with school work due to family issues, Mr Callister has described the return as an anxious period.

He says its part of his job to make sure they get back up to speed in school:

Source: Manx Radio