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Old school tie gets knotted as pupils return to classrooms

PPE lesson: A
teacher takes the
temperature of
pupils at Lipson
Academy in Devon

A BAN on ties, daily temperature checks and one-way systems were the new normal for Year 10 and 12 pupils returning to one school this week.

Pupils formed a socially-distanced line as they waited at Lipson Co-operative Academy in Plymouth, Devon. Class sizes are limited to 15, with pupils staying in the same room all day, and teachers can’t wear ties as they aren’t washed regularly. Cones and tape mark social distancing guidelines inside and outside the building.

Separation, separation, separation: Pupils line up with tape marking social distancing guidelines PICTURE: SWNS

Headteacher Martin Brook, 54, said: ‘Parts of the school look more like a crime scene than a school. It has been a challenge but we have stayed calm and tried to apply common sense.’