Figures given to the KentOnline Podcast show thousands more children are going into school during the third lockdown compared to the first national restrictions introduced last March.
Some school heads say their staff are fearful of catching the virus and have mounting workloads as they juggle teaching in classrooms and remotely to those at home.
Hear from the chief executive of an academy trust that oversees 10 primary schools in the east of the county.
Also in today's podcast, the man in charge of Britain's oldest Brewer, Faversham based Shepherd Neame, is backing calls for a hospitality minister as the idea is debated in parliament.
A therapist from Tonbridge has advice on how to avoid suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder during Lockdown 3.
And we hear from Gillingham's assistant manager after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to bottom of the table Burton Albion at the weekend.