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Covid+ trainee teacher

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Passtheduchyonthelefthandside · 12/10/2022 13:17

I tested positive on Monday, still feeling quite rubbish, but school have sent generic emails to everyone, stating that any time off will be recorded as such, no particular time for covid etc.

I originally thought I'd go in Friday, but what happens if I am still testing positive? I obviously would wear a mask, open windows etc, but I'm a primary trainee teacher, where the children get very close.

I know I could go in Monday and by then I'm over the worse of it, but I feel so guilty; for not being in school; but to potentially spread this on and it affects children's/teacher's half terms.

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Shgytfgtf111 · 12/10/2022 13:30

The info on gov.uk is that you can work etc if you are positive is it now? If so if you are off it will just be classed as ordinary sick

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RainStalksMyWashing · 12/10/2022 14:15

This is such a shitty position for people to be in. I'd say still sick personally if you're able to. Sympathies OP. This is such a ridiculously harmful policy.

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Hellospring22 · 14/10/2022 11:19

As a parent of a primary school child who has just been off sick with covid for 9 days then passed it to me who is still ill and positive after 9 days please wait until you’re negative. It’s so disruptive to everyone who it’s passed onto, I run my own business so loose all my income until I’m better, not to mention the potential health risks.

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VampiresWife · 14/10/2022 12:15

Hellospring22 · 14/10/2022 11:19

As a parent of a primary school child who has just been off sick with covid for 9 days then passed it to me who is still ill and positive after 9 days please wait until you’re negative. It’s so disruptive to everyone who it’s passed onto, I run my own business so loose all my income until I’m better, not to mention the potential health risks.

But what if staff have no choice? DD had covid recently and she was told she had to come into school after day 3 unless she was really unwell (she's a teacher).

People in jobs where they lose wages, and possibly their job if they take too much time off, are in the same position. You say you lose income if you're unwell, so surely you understand the difficulty for employees who stand to lose income, too?

I've had covid seven times now, mostly brought into the house via DD, but what can she do? What can anyone do?

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worriedatthistime · 14/10/2022 12:27

@Shgytfgtf111 it doesn't say that though if you have a positive test
Its really wishy washy and leaves people to interpret how they wish
Don't do a test then just stay home with a temp , do a test 5 days and then avoid xyz for another 5 days or something like that, all companies are deciding what they like and it mentions if you can't work from home speak to employer ? So no clear guidelines its pretty crap
My dh does a hob which involves going into peoples homes it would be shit if him to do that with covid surely ?

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Hellospring22 · 14/10/2022 14:07

VampiresWife · 14/10/2022 12:15

But what if staff have no choice? DD had covid recently and she was told she had to come into school after day 3 unless she was really unwell (she's a teacher).

People in jobs where they lose wages, and possibly their job if they take too much time off, are in the same position. You say you lose income if you're unwell, so surely you understand the difficulty for employees who stand to lose income, too?

I've had covid seven times now, mostly brought into the house via DD, but what can she do? What can anyone do?

Absolutely, I get this however the OP isn’t in the position of not getting paid and for the sake of an extra day could hugely reduce the risk of spread. In the OPs post, waiting until negative is no different to waiting until 48 hours have passed before returning to work after a d and v bug and some of it is taking personal responsibility.

Someone in a minimum wage job with no sick pay and bills to pay is different to the OP’s situation.

I agree that the way many work places are handling the situation is awful and I’m sorry your daughter has been placed in this position. The high spread in schools seems to be made worse by such policies. We’ve had covid in the house three times, each time brought in via school but if no one challenges such policies, nothing will ever change. Your daughter’s school is actively going against the five day government policy for adults. If I found out that my children’s school was doing this I’d be making a complaint. It works better for staffing and attendance in the long run not to have positive people on site and it’s very short sighted to push for people to attend work while positive.

My feelings are that where ever possible we need to take individual responsibility for reducing the spread and to push for employees not to be pushed to go to work while positive.

Covid causes mayhem with my business but I can’t bring myself to go into client’s homes whilst positive because morally it feels wrong. If I literally couldn’t afford to pay my bills then maybe this would change but until then I will continue to loose money rather than knowingly infect people. Likewise I would hope my children’s teachers would take a stand and not go into work whilst positive even if that means stretching the truth re still being unwell or risking an extra day on their sickness record.

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Passtheduchyonthelefthandside · 14/10/2022 15:04

Thank you for the replies, I am off today, still feeling rubbish, although I could have pushed myself and gone in. My DH and DD came down with it last night, so I am glad that I am limiting the chances of spreading it around school.

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Hellospring22 · 14/10/2022 16:41

Hope you feel better soon, it’s so important to rest if you can to reduce the risk of long covid too. Hope everyone is better soon.

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Bronzeisthecolour · 14/10/2022 16:48

Yep its normal sickness and will trigger the normal sickness procedure in school. Just go in, probably for it from the dc in your class and they'll be in sharing it!

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