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Poetryinaction Mon 16-Mar-20 20:48:37

Ok this isn't going to work! I am a teacher.
My daughter was sent home with a fever today but it went immediately. Nursery told us if it went she can come in tomorrow but will have her temp taken at the door and refused entry if over the threshold.
Now all pregnant teachers must self isolate. And anyone who has anyone in their house with a cough or fever?
My HOD just emailed to say she won't be in.
Really I shouldn't either. I know of a few other staff members. So there won't be enough of us to remain open. Schools can't stay open under these guidelines. It's a contradiction.

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AllPointsNorth Mon 16-Mar-20 20:50:06

Supply work in my area has rocketed this week.

Poetryinaction Mon 16-Mar-20 20:52:35

A question. If we are off due to a family member having symptoms, do we get paid? Is it classed as sick or dependents?

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Greenandcabbagelooking Mon 16-Mar-20 20:53:25

We have been told that we will combine classes, admin staff will be counted for ratios, and enough kids will be off, we’ll be fine.

We did have a meeting about our home learning plan though.

CurlyhairedAssassin Mon 16-Mar-20 20:56:28

I’ve had to stay off today as DS has a fever and cough, not eating etc. So I guess that’s me Off for next 2 weeks. I’m not a teacher but run the learning resource centre which gets very busy with various classes and With individuals at break and lunchtimes. Apparently it was closed all day, so I assume will remain that way. Can’t see anyone being available to cover me as we already had a few staff off.

wonderstuff Mon 16-Mar-20 20:56:32

A school local to me is doing rolling closure for one year group, so no year 7 tomorrow, year 8 off Wednesday.. because they don't have enough teachers. My school seem okay for now. Reckon we'll close early for Easter. Who knows about next term. Might advise against schools but not actually close them?

CurlyhairedAssassin Mon 16-Mar-20 20:59:48

I think secondary schools will be able to close quite easily as nearly all kids will be old enough to stay at home without their parents being therr

Divebar Mon 16-Mar-20 21:03:47

Just because one school is having to close doesn’t mean they all will. The aim will be to try and stagger it as much as possible so that not all parents are off work at the same time.

megletthesecond Mon 16-Mar-20 21:04:51

A secondary in our town has just announced it is only open to year 11's due to lack of teachers.
(Parent here so I don't know all behind the scenes details).

CurlyhairedAssassin Mon 16-Mar-20 21:06:22

Yes I wonder if most will only stay open to year 11s and 13s. That makes sense.

vingt Mon 16-Mar-20 21:06:32

My youngest is at a tiny school, they only have 3 classes. I can't see how it will stay open if staff are having to self isolate.

Kuponut Mon 16-Mar-20 21:18:59

Supply work in my area has rocketed this week.

I'm kind of waiting the smarmy call from my old agencies trying to find anyone with a DBS and a pulse to reactivate on their books and throw in front of a booking!

I personally can't see schools staying open as functioning schools longer than this week - think they'll be a babysitting service for essential workers after that (my kids will be at home in that case to reduce numbers and because I'm at home now uni's cancelled)

Frlrlrubert Mon 16-Mar-20 21:37:59

One of my colleagues got 'the call' from her DDs nursery at lunch, so I guess that's her off for 2 weeks.

All staff over/pregnant/health issues will be off from next week at the earliest.

I think it's possible primaries (and maybe secondaries for KS3?) will stay open as a babysitting service for children of essential workers, staffed by the few remaining healthy staff with no young children of their own. Who knows, but there's no way we'll be a functioning school in a weeks time.

Most year 11s and 13s have finish the 'content'. It's possible they'll push through if not but I think it'll be early study leave soon.

Frlrlrubert Mon 16-Mar-20 21:38:42

*over 70

OytheBumbler Mon 16-Mar-20 21:51:17

I work in a school and it still doesn't feel real. We only had one member of staff off (due to non-cv reasons) and most children were in.

It all feels so uncertain. How can the majority of us/children all suddenly fall ill? I keep reading how it'll happen soon.

WhyNotMe40 Mon 16-Mar-20 21:58:23

The school my kids go to had about 50% attendance today I'm told - which I can believe as coming out from school last week they nearly all had coughs. But it's that time of year!
Now I'm off from my school as I caught he cough (and a tight/heavy chest, headache, but no temperature), so as a household we are all self isolating.
All the classes I taught last week had at least 5 coughers in. But how much is seasonal I don't know!

OytheBumbler Mon 16-Mar-20 22:06:41

See that's the thing.

We're all hyper-aware of coughs atm but there were no coughs in my primary classroom today. The children were quieter at first, I think they must be scared by all that's going on but by the afternoon it was just a normal day.

Are most of us going to start falling ill?

duckme Mon 16-Mar-20 22:06:51

@Greenandcabbagelooking
I work in school admin, the kids can smell the fear and inexperience when admin have to babysit a class for 30 seconds while the teacher pops out. They would eat us alive after any longer.

NeurotrashWarrior Mon 16-Mar-20 22:15:04

If we have underlying health conditions We have been told to tell our head what we are going to do ASAP. It's seems to be from next Monday though.

DrummerGal Mon 16-Mar-20 22:19:22

I work in a large a college. Up until Friday we had one member of staff and a handful of students self isolating. Today the college was noticeably quiet. 10 members of staff that I know of were sent home with new, persistent coughs. There were approximately a third of our student population in.

We were told this afternoon that the college will close on Thursday for at least 4 weeks...

OhWhatFuckeryIsThisNow Mon 16-Mar-20 22:19:57

Cover manager here. Today 3 off with cv related things. Two Other long term, 4 supply and me. Tomorrow, already two more. And if we have serious condition we have to report to head. So that’s at least another 4 (me included) I’m nabbing any supply with a pulse atm.

DoubleAction Mon 16-Mar-20 22:22:37

Our staff absence has been lower in the last two weeks than it ever is!! I can't explain it but it's like people dont want to miss anything.

anyoneforbingo Mon 16-Mar-20 22:24:55

My DH is head of year at a large comp. he's extremely stressed, several teachers off isolating and kids are hyped - apparently worse than they are on last day of term! He's current stressing because he knows he's got to arrange cover lessons for 3 different teachers tomorrow on top of teach his own lessons. It's not just about having an adult in a classroom... they need lessons to be taught. He's mainly stressed because it's bad now but is only going to get a lot worse with no end in sight.

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