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Going back into houses

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by WB, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    Is it technically breaking any rules if we offer this from September?

    I've been online since April but looking towards the new teaching year and wondering what I can and can't offer.
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    My tutoring agency is tentatively thinking about September for the resumption of face-to-face tutoring.
  3. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I don't believe you would be breaking any rules by going into student's homes. I think it is just a matter of what you and they are comfortable with. So far none of my students has asked to go back to face to face, so I'm continuing on line for now.

    I can't help thinking the risk will be greater in September, when they are all back in school, than it has been during the shut down when they've mostly been at home.
  4. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

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  5. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Thank you, this seems the section most relevant to tutors:

    3.3 Appointments in the home
    Objective: To reduce transmission due to face-to-face meetings and maintain social distancing in meetings.

    Steps that will usually be needed:

    1. Using remote working tools to avoid in-person appointments.

    2. Only absolutely necessary participants should physically attend appointments and should maintain social distancing (2m, or 1m with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable).
    1. Avoiding transmission during appointments, for example, from sharing pens, documents and other objects.

    2. Holding meetings outdoors or in well-ventilated rooms whenever possible.
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  6. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    I'm doing it now but I've got enough space to be far enough apart. Most of my students are adults. It's no different to having someone round for coffee or whatever. We don't share pens or anything and hands can be washed etc
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  7. WB

    WB Lead commenter

  8. suzette

    suzette Occasional commenter

    Yeah, I'm thinking of starting around mid August. I've had a lot of people that want me to; as well as online so I'll be doing both. I have a studio (with really wide doors) at the bottom of the garden with entry from a side gate; which means that no one will enter the house at all. I will be encouraging students to have their own hand gel, but I will have this as well and they will have their own equipment (pens etc). After I will be cleaning with antibac wipes & a lot of elbow grease! I'm only limiting it to two students a week, as a trial though.
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  9. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Dettol is our friend!
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  10. suzette

    suzette Occasional commenter

    Tell me about it! This is a slightly 'off topic' thing, but during covid/lockdown, I have discovered just how much Dettol is a big thing. My mother has sworn by it throughout my whole life. (A bit of it has always gone in washing, in her bath water; not to mention for cuts and bruises). So when I asked her one day what she wanted when I went shopping for her during a lockdown shop, she said a bottle of Dettol. I couldn't find it anywhere. I found a 'pound shop' alternative instead. Let's just say, that pound shop 'Dettol' came back home with me!! :pYep, nothing beats a bit of Dettol and nothing else will do, even though they all have the same properties in them! (according to my mum, this is NOT the case). I eventually found a bottle of the stuff week's later at the back of my kitchen cupboard. Blimey, the things you do for love!! :D
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  11. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Not to be taken internally!
  12. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    You can also use it for pets! Diluted obviously. Well for dogs anyway I don't know about cats
    I actually quite like the smell, it's a proper clean smell
  13. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Is this still in force? Surely it can't be, if Bojo has said to go back to work (and stop following the science). I'd be interested to know, as many workplaces seem to be saying their staff need to go back in.
  14. Lespaul101

    Lespaul101 New commenter

    I won’t be going to students homes in September. If possible I will be sticking to online only permanently . September is going to be a very dangerous time with all children back at school.
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  15. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    If you look at the link, it was updated 23rd July, so presumably it is still the advice. I think they are all guidelines, not legally enforceable.
  16. suzette

    suzette Occasional commenter

    I can't say I like the smell. I think it's all the times when as a kid, my mum used to put it neat on my cuts! Talk about killing with kindness. I still break out in a cold sweat at the thought! :eek:
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  17. Abitofeverything

    Abitofeverything Occasional commenter

    The whole back to work things involves social distancing and a whole raft of measures to keep people apart and safe. For example, a friend of mine who works in a big office block in London has to book tickets to go in the lift, even to go downstairs to buy a sandwich for lunch! Social distancing when teaching children in my opinion is almost impossible. So I will be staying online for a while yet.
  18. suzette

    suzette Occasional commenter

    The students I currently have are yr6 primary, KS3, gcse & A level students, so they're ok with the whole social distance thing.
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  19. Abitofeverything

    Abitofeverything Occasional commenter

    I'm sure they are fine with it, but can I just ask how you're doing it? Surely you have to sit somewhere close so you can see what they're doing and where they're going wrong? or will you just sit across a big table from each other and just show each other what you're doing from a distance? It seems to me that if you're doing the latter, online would actually be preferable! You're still in and out of many people's houses every week, or lots of people in and out of your house, in the same room as them for an hour or more at a time. Will you war PPE? I'm genuinely curious.
  20. SayItLikeItIs

    SayItLikeItIs Occasional commenter

    Before lockdown, I had them come to me, and then switched to teaching a few online. A couple are interested in coming back F2F in September. I intend to get a protective screen.

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