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Answer by labsupport on question Student practical activities at home

Submitted by sat on 02 April 2020

Answer reviewed 27 February 2023

Science ASSIST strongly advises against chemicals or specialised equipment being sent home for student activities.

Most secondary school science activities are not suited to the home environment, with the risks outweighing the benefits.

It is currently a difficult time with school closures and online learning, but schools are still responsible for the safety of their students for any activities that they are directing, even if remotely.

Chemicals and specialised equipment

These must not be sent home with students for science practical activities for the following reasons

The use of hazardous chemicals requires:

Specialist equipment:

The home environment has several limitations:

Science ASSIST recommends that any activities conducted in the home setting are limited to the use of low hazard, household type products such as would be used in primary science activities:

This may need some creativity as there is also no access to specialist equipment at home.