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Parents expecting work packs when we're still open

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Bridecilla Sun 15-Mar-20 20:08:30

My lessons are mainly interactive / powerpoint based so wouldn't have the same impact printed out.

I've started sorting online resources etc on the usual platforms and will obviously have more time to update these if and when we close.

Parents are expecting "work packs" which we simply don't have time to collate. Does anyone know what our responsibilities are to children whose parents choose to keep them off before shut down?

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PopcornZoo Sun 15-Mar-20 20:09:35

Doesn't your head /LA know?

Bridecilla Sun 15-Mar-20 20:10:39

Not on a sunday night, no.

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BecauseReasons Sun 15-Mar-20 20:12:28

Tell them you're sorry but at the moment it's not school policy to provide work packs to students whose parents choose to self-isolate. It's not your decision to make and they should take it up with the head if they've got any concerns.

helpfulperson Sun 15-Mar-20 20:16:59

Agree with becausereasons. The answer is that these will be provided if and when schools close.

Herpesfreesince03 Sun 15-Mar-20 20:18:59

I wouldn’t have though work packs would be provided for parents who choose to keep their children off

NearlyGranny Sun 15-Mar-20 20:20:53

What Because Reasons says! If you're in teaching, that's their opportunity for learning. If school closes, materials go up for all.

Don't get drawn into extra work at a time like this. Expectations may be limitless but your time, stamina and obligations are not!

rosegoldwatcher Sun 15-Mar-20 20:23:40

This is being shared on FaceBook -

"Update from the government...feel free to share,many parents are asking this question whether to keep children home or not.
If any parents would like to keep their children home. You will need to write an email to explain why your keeping your child home, whether it’s because of older family members with low immune systems or any family members with underlying health problems. Ask the headmaster in the email for a “work pack”, the school will have to get a pack together and you will need to pick the work up. As it’s a PANDEMIC, schools cannot deny your child time off. #BetterSafeThanSorry."

rosegoldwatcher Sun 15-Mar-20 20:24:58

...amongst lots of other fictional advice and tips.

BecauseReasons Sun 15-Mar-20 20:26:05

@rosegoldwatcher I can find no evidence of official government advice to that effect. Could you provide a link please?

BecauseReasons Sun 15-Mar-20 20:27:27

*a link to the advice, that is, not the Facebook post

Or are you just pointing out what parents are being told by social media?

rosegoldwatcher Sun 15-Mar-20 20:29:00

No - I just saw a shared posting on Facebook. I don't believe a word of it. Just reporting that this may be where the requests for workpacks is coming from.

rosegoldwatcher Sun 15-Mar-20 20:29:49

@BecauseReasons - yes that exactly.

SavoyCabbage Sun 15-Mar-20 20:33:15

Twinkl are doing packs specifically for parents to do themselves. Importantly not for us to give to the parents!

www.twinkl.co.uk/blog/how-to-utilise-twinkl-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown-a-guide-for-schools

Kateplaysrugbyinmydreams Sun 15-Mar-20 20:34:29

Ugh. Tell them to get a grip, they want keep the kids at home because they know better than anyone else, they must be smart enough to teach them then.

superram Sun 15-Mar-20 20:34:46

It’s bullshit. If you take your child out that’s your lookout (and completely understand why some people need to). Those people need to get to Wilkos and buy some work books. Teachers are still teaching all the other kids......

Theholidayarmadillo4 Sun 15-Mar-20 20:36:12

I am also really irritated by this. I'm in teaching. I don't have time to do both.

Evenquieterlife33 Sun 15-Mar-20 20:36:46

(Parent here.) If it’s any help parents at my school are talking tonight about keeping kids home tomorrow, many are very worried and some have health issues. A few people have said- “just ask for work packs.” I think people are under the impression that this is available somehow. I’m 90% I’m keeping my lot home tomorrow, if the school doesn’t have anything to send I’m just going to work through the homework books topics we have at home this week.

vingt Sun 15-Mar-20 20:45:08

I might have to keep my immunodeficient dc off, i spent my weekend putting together 'lessons' based on what he's doing in school so will do three 'lessons' a day. It's not on to expect teachers to do it.

Bridecilla Sun 15-Mar-20 20:45:18

The Facebook post was what sparked me to post. It's irritated the shit out of me. Then I made the mistake of logging on to my work email and low and behold there are requests for these work packs that the fairies are obviously making up!

We're due an ofsted and I'm up to my eyeballs with normal work shit. I haven't got the head space for more work and just wanted to find out the actual state of play with expectations

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MrsAquaman Sun 15-Mar-20 20:45:57

Bit harsh and judgy that Kate. There are many reasons why parents want to keep their kids at home. Including having themselves or their children with compromised immune systems or elderly family members at risk. Bit of a silly comment really

Rosebel Sun 15-Mar-20 20:55:24

And what about the children who have to stay home even if they aren't really ill because we can't risk it kate. Or are those parents being unreasonable too?

TinnedPearsForPudding Sun 15-Mar-20 20:56:03

I do not believe that official Government policy is using the hashtag #bettersafethansorry I call #fakenews on that

Bridecilla Sun 15-Mar-20 21:01:39

@NearlyGranny you put it perfectly. Thank you. I need to remember this

Expectations may be limitless but your time, stamina and obligations are not

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zombieapocalypseisnigh Sun 15-Mar-20 21:04:00

I'm wondering if we can just tell such parents what subjects were covering in maths, science and grammar and let them find their own worksheets online. Give them links to resource sites.

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