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  • Coronavirus impact on schools
  • I would be making every possible change to avoid kids going in. I know of one teacher jabbering on about having to take her son into school with her as her husband cant look after the kid as he’s working from home. Its **** madness, get your husband to look after him ffs. If you have two people at home you should make every effort to not send kids to school. My school have told me that under no circumstances are we to bring kids into school to look for others or have to leave kids with grandparents etc.

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Good article on how to deal with kids at this time. Wasn’t sure to put it here or on the general thread, so going for both

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/22/family-isolation-guide-for-parents-teenagers-coronavirus-lockdown

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    @tenacious_doug
    We’re in a very similar situation. My wife is also a social worker who’s isn’t front line but her job qualifies as a key worker. I run two micro businesses with a friend and can be flexible especially as the crisis is likely to reduce our work anyway. We’ve decided that i look after the kids 3 days a week so she can work but if a big contract comes in we have the flexibility to switch. I don’t think it’s right to send kids to school or nursery unless one of you is a true key worker and the other cannot help. The key worker definition is far too wide and is open to abuse, I see that Pets at home have designated their staff as key workers FFS!

    gauss1777
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    Kids are 6 & 4, so chances of actually working from home with them around are zero.

    I think that when you get into the routine of things, whilst not always easy, you’d manage fine. I used to look after my children on my own all day at that age and they would happily entertain themselves for long periods whilst I did things around the flat, or sat and read the paper beside them. Difficult as they were at times, I miss those days more than I can tell.

    Premier Icon thegreatape
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    what are other key workers thinking about their kids next week?

    Both keyworkers here, neither of us can WFH. We will only use the school provision when both of us are working at the same time, otherwise they’ll be with us at home. Assuming it happens, haven’t heard anything back yet!

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    Scotland has decreed that exam pupils should not go in to complete coursework as we had been informed last week.
    I’ve been told (by good source in local authority) that they are planning to even cut what is on offer – the planned hubs are a perfect vector into hundreds of key worker families.

    gauss1777
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    the planned hubs are a perfect vector into hundreds of key worker families.

    This is definitely a concern of mine. I received an email this afternoon asking me to volunteer at such a hub. Considering what measures were taken prior to closing the schools, I’m torn between my strong urge to do my bit and volunteering for an unknown setup that I’d likely not be impressed by.

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    How are teachers coping with the closure?
    I work at a college and im expected to deliver lessons remotley for the rest of the term, i have to submit a log of intended activity each day, all students are expected to complete a learning log, i have to invte managment and quality personel into my lessons and students are going to be contacted on their experience and progress.

    We had friday to prepare for all this, and we cant assess some parts anyway due to needing specalist software/ equipment. Waiting for awarding bodies to sort that one out.

    Son is high risk (had heat surgery previously) think im on the list too.

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    Mrs Pondo’s mob are badly organised, which is usual for them – no kids in tomorrow but all teachers requested to be in but keep away from everyone else, straight to classrooms and no more than two at a kettle. What for? Just nuts – they’re just delivering childcare at this stage, so absolutely no need to go in, just work out which kids’ll be in and put a rota together. Expectation is there’ll be teachers rota’d on over easter and maybe weekends – this may change as the head is a cock.

    My school and mrs anagallis school has a rota for next 2 weeks, mine is almost all SLT and Heads of department/year. I’m not on it, other halfs on hers for 2 afternoons.

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    Our school has rota in place; 7-7 split into 3 shifts, also running over Easter hols. Currently I’m not going in due to asthma, but I’m not teaching any more so a lot of what I need to do I can do from home. Our staff have all really pulled together.

    Premier Icon pondo
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    Head’s organised a lunchtime meeting in the main hall for all staff! Honestly, what a cretin.

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    As a bare minimum they should be operating A and B teams – one week one, one week off.

    Mrs Dubs School only have to cover about thirty kids so she’s just “on call” in case one somebody gets ill.

    She’s also a first aided so might be called in to cover.

    mjsmke
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    I’m a teacher in a college and we have all been instructed to work from home. Luckily a few courses including mine are computer and course work based. All students put their work on individual websites so we can keep checking and sending feedback so as long as they have access to a computer and internet they will be ok. Adobe have even provided free access to students for now so they can continue to work.

    The only thing that worries me is if students don’t do any work. With only email contact it is very difficult to chase them. The don’t realise how lucky they are compared to those who need access to specialist equipment.

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    At my wife’s school they had a pair of parents both claiming to be key workers and needing to dump their kids at school as they are both childminders.

    The idea of minding their own children was alien to them.

    ps it’s a High school, so the pupils should generally be able to left unattended.

    mjsmke
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    Head’s organised a lunchtime meeting in the main hall for all staff! Honestly, what a cretin.

    This is how viruses spread. That head really is a cretin!

    In a predictable manner all online learning platforms have gone pop!

    qwerty
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    My predicament is that we’re both Mon-Fri key workers, unable to WFH.

    Our only child is 14, so able to look after themselves, but we have concerns about him being home alone 07:30-16:00 for ??? 6 months V sending him to school with 15 other kids who he doesn’t hang out with & who are high risk spreaders.

    We’ve planned to send him in Mon, Wed & Fri for social interaction, he hates us for it, and it looks like he’s in a class with social distancing of kids he’s not friends with….

    We’re coming round to thinking he may be safer & have more interaction hooked up to his PS4 for the 6 months.

    The kids will be socially distancing at school.

    I’ve been told (by good source in local authority) that they are planning to even cut what is on offer – the planned hubs are a perfect vector into hundreds of key worker families.

    Emails we’ve had from school and nursery this morning certainly make it look like it’s moving in that direction. We are Edinburgh and they are not providing anything initally this week, instead using the next few days to plan for how they will approach, certainly sounds like there will be a more reduced provision than was first anticipated.

    freeagent
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    My wifes in school today (SENCo in a secondary school) they’ve asked 150 teaching staff to come in to child mind 60 ‘vulnerable’ kids and an unknown number of keyworker kids.
    The head is a total tool so not sure how long it will take before he realises they should be trying have as few people in as possible – can’t see why they cant split into A/B shifts and do week on week off..

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    The school I work at was planning on the assumption of about 60-70 kids being in.
    Only 22 turned up today, so they’re splitting us into A and B teams, one week on one week off. There’s also a reserve C team, not working for now, but will be called in when staff are ill or absent.

    natrix
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    ‘Holiday’clubs have now sprung up so that if your child can’t go to school, you can send him to the club!!!!!!

    Holiday’clubs have now sprung up so that if your child can’t go to school, you can send him to the club!!!!!!

    That won’t last long!

    First day of home schooling here in Glencoe. Started off with PE with Joe on YT at 9am. The school have been excellent in getting lessons and books out so far.

    Crazy times.

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    Mrs Scape has come home at lunchtime. The staff spent a considerable amount of time “discussing criteria” with a lot of parents for the first hour. No key stage 4 kids at all are in school. Far fewer kids in than expected. Staff now on a rota. Mrs Scape now does just Wednesdays and emergency relief cover on a rota basis.

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    Anybody hear schools mentioned there? Any school folks heard whether theirs shuts or not?

    FunkyDunc
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    I was thinking same too, my son is still going to school… or was

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    tartanscarf
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    Holiday’clubs have now sprung up so that if your child can’t go to school, you can send him to the club!!!!!!

    That won’t last long!

    First day of home schooling here in Glencoe. Started off with PE with Joe on YT at 9am. The school have been excellent in getting lessons and books out so far.

    Crazy times.

    Posted 7 hours ago

    You’re still on here then! Where have you been? 😉

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    Day 1 of homeschool was hard

    7 & 9 year olds were easy in the morning, donloaded & printed off all this weeks lessons (but will need to order some more printer cartridges!, had a good game of football with them at lunch- thank funk for the nice weather!- but kids lost focus in the afternoon

    keeping 3 yr old twins occupied at the same time was tough tho

    right, starting my wfh day now!!!

    Premier Icon thegreatape
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    We did YouTube PE at 9am, YouTube science at 10am, and an hour of everyone reading a book of their choice at 11am. It was pretty easy to be honest.

    Day 2 of online teaching and the portal has fallen over by 7.30am!

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    At my wife’s school, the school opened on Monday with a list of 60 possible kids who would be allowed in.

    Today there were 4. Staff outnumbered kids by 3 to 1. Bonkers

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    How many parents are going to tell their kids the virus is on it’s way out any it’s back to school next weds?

    freeagent
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    At my wife’s school, the school opened on Monday with a list of 60 possible kids who would be allowed in.

    Today there were 4. Staff outnumbered kids by 3 to 1. Bonkers

    Same at my wife’s school – they had 7 in today and over 50 staff…

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    Mrs Pondo says speak to their union, as they have advice on this.

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