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covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 18:43:53

Okay so we have been back to school for a week! Great? No. Definitely not. Some thoughts on why this will be a disaster:

16 and 17 year olds are not children.

Social distancing is impossible. Genuinely impossible. Children will not or cannot stay out your space.

There is no PPE in school at all and staff are not protected in any way.

Children don't give a shit about washing their hands.

We've been doing double periods instead of single to minimise movement. This means that we are stuck in a room with 30 17 year olds with few or no windows as the respiratory droplets add up.

Educating your child is impossible if you can't go near them.

Our time management and pupil progress relies on us being able to give feedback to children formatively as we teach. To mark jotters as we go. We can't do this now.

I think that because infection is so low we'll be okay for a while - a few weeks - then the shit will hit the fan.

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covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 18:46:45

Oh yes and no drinking water hmm

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Nicknacky Fri 14-Aug-20 18:47:54

Staff at my daughters school are wearing masks and/or visors do I’m not sure why you say there is no PPE?

In my younger daughters primary school, the teacher’s I have seen so far aren’t wearing masks.

Nicknacky Fri 14-Aug-20 18:48:16

Why have you no drinking water?

TorkTorkBam Fri 14-Aug-20 18:51:00

Are you saying that the shit will hit the fan in the sense that people will notice the drop in teaching quality because of social distancing rules that are not actually helpful at stopping virus spread?

KitKatastrophe Fri 14-Aug-20 18:51:03

Oh are the schools going back? I don't think this has been discussed on here at all

Lordamighty Fri 14-Aug-20 18:51:10

Interesting first ever post.

covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 18:51:35

Because there is no PPE - that must be an individual school thing. No masks no visors in our schools.

Nobody was in to keep the water systems going. They can't be used until they are serviced. I heard on BBC Radio Scotland that they were, for the meantime, stopping water and vending machines as areas of cross contamination. I'm not 100% if this is true but certainly seems to be the case in my authority.

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user1487194234 Fri 14-Aug-20 18:52:07

Let's give it a go?
There is provision for what happens if cases are identified
Lots of people have had to go to work throughout the period

Illusionordelusion Fri 14-Aug-20 18:52:13

Thanks for that.

Jrobhatch29 Fri 14-Aug-20 18:52:24


Oh are the schools going back? I don't think this has been discussed on here at all

I know, weird right? You would think somebody would have mentioned it by now.

Why have you got no drinking water?

covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 18:52:44

Been here forever. Name changed.

Shit will hit the fan for both - quality of teaching and also spread of infection.

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covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 18:53:28

Lots of people have had to go to work throughout the period

With appropriate safety measures and PPE in place

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MarshaBradyo Fri 14-Aug-20 18:53:39

School asked us to make sure student had water bottle last term

Proximity thing is hard

covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 18:54:52

Yes we are asking students to make sure and bring large water bottles to last all day.

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Nicknacky Fri 14-Aug-20 18:54:57

You do realise you can take water in with you, right? My kids always took their own bottles anyway.

covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 18:56:00

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Nicknacky Fri 14-Aug-20 18:57:06

covidteacherscotland Not all of us have COVID safety measures, SD or PPE at work.

I’m in a hight risk occupation and it was anticipated that up to 50% of us would be off either ill or self isolating. In reality it was nooooooo where near that.

Nicknacky Fri 14-Aug-20 18:58:25

covidteacherscotland It was you who incorrectly said there was no drinking water available. It’s not rocket science that you can take a bottle with you

covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 18:58:32

@Nicknacky I'd be really interested to know what you work as.

I literally ant think of any other occupation that has been asked to work in a confined space with 30 other people with no PPE

I'd genuinely love to know!

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Nicknacky Fri 14-Aug-20 19:00:02

Police Officer. SD is definitely not one of the things my customers do well.

covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 19:00:03

There is no drinking water available. You can bring your own but you can't refill at water stations. There is none to buy at this point (I think that will change) Do you understand what available means? Not all pupils can afford to buy water at Tesco and bring it. It should be freely available.

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TorkTorkBam Fri 14-Aug-20 19:00:18

Why is your school so shit compared to others on this?

covidteacherscotland Fri 14-Aug-20 19:01:07

I'm not sure it is shit compared to others. What are others doing differently?

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