England schools are reportedly “using coronavirus as a blanket excuse” for not teaching pupils with special educational requirements and disabilities. The schools have kept out these students from education settings. Many students are isolated at home without little or no support from school authorities.
“The impact of that is absolutely devastating. The difficulty for a family left to home educate their child with a lack of any provision from a school or local authority is almost unimaginable, and the impact of that in terms of physical and mental wellbeing is going to be deep and, I fear, lasting,” comments Philippa Stobbs, Policy Vice-Chair, Special Educational Consortium.
The rise in disability discrimination in schools will be exacerbated as England schools plan to reopen in September, 2020 and few pupils will be regarded as high-risk without no additional resources or focused provisions for them.
Neurosurgeons are still unsure about the extent to which the pandemic might prove disastrous for students. While a few children will be able to come out of it with greater resilience, others might endure long-term trauma that impairs their development and keeps them overly alert in the future.
Pupils with education, health and care plans were the most vulnerable ones besides workers’ students, many of whom are academically lost and emotionally scarred.
The American Academy of Paediatrics comments on the matter of reopening schools:
“The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often result in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has been substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and families.”