Returning to School? -Very Strong Feelings Surface in Wednesfield North.

Cov19 downloadYesterday Saturday 16th May 2020 – I wrote a short note asking for Readers on my Social Media sites
to tell me what they felt with regards to the Governments proposals to request children to return
to school on the 1st of June.

This is the second such straw Poll I have undertaken in the last few weeks,the last one on the 5th of May
was also quite vehement in tone.
In that one I had 22 readers respond to the article, and at that time 18 of the readers felt that the Government
was moving too fast towards leaving the Lockdown arrangements.

On Saturday my readers surprised me again. It was the continued strength of the replies to this latest request
dated the 16th May. That did it for me.
The 33 responses – I received only led to just one positive indication that one family had discussed the situation
and after this consultation their child would be returning to full time education in school on the 1st of June.

As a Local Councillor these responses have helped me with regards to gauging that strength of feeling in our community
which of course is important.

If the Government are going to reduce our community anxiety, it needs to shift considerably more peoples views, than
is the case at the moment.
The soundings I am taking from my Ward suggests that my community thinks the Government are operating too quickly.

The 1st June will be on us like an Express train, Parents and families are going to have to be in a much more confident
mood than they currently are, if pupils are to return to school in considerable numbers.

I will be writing to the Chairman of Education, and the Leader of the City of Wolverhampton to advise them of the strength
of feeling that abounds here in Wednesfield North, with regards to this topic.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more