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ideas and suggestions for returning to work

Discussion in 'Staff, pupil & parent's wellbeing' started by Corvuscorax, May 17, 2020.

  1. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Some things need to be put in place before hand, and might take time, so lets have a thread of suggestions.

    Firstly, all non automatic doors need to be propped open all the time, so that there is no need for any student to touch any door handle.

    So that means automatic door stops that close in a fire alarm need to be installed in all corridors and classrooms in the whole UK

    disinfectant troughs to stand in at the entrance to the school. All schools need to be sourcing such troughs

    Non-contact temperature check at the entrance, again, schools need to be sourcing these thermometers
    Catgirl1964 and ACOYEAR8 like this.
  2. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    I don't think they've done much of this in Denmark, and the Danish reports are saying that schools have not been spreading infection.

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    It's great when the Govt tell us it's unhelpful and pointless to compare UK to other countries yet keep citing other countries when explaining how we should return.
    • Ensure the school rules reflect the new threats to person caused by spitting/coughing.
    • Toilets will need controlling -you can't let kids just " go"
    • PE changing rooms ?
    • Fire Drills will need re-examining and commonsense applied.
    • Medical room fully equipped to deal with emergencies and PPE issued to staff attending medical issues such as accidents etc.
    • Canteen and food areas either closed indefinitely and packed lunches provided for all FSMs or new eating arrangements entirely.
    • Peripatetic staff to be issued with wipes and kit to sanitise keyboards etc when arriving in classroom.
    Feel free to add...
  4. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

    Supervised, frequent, timetabled hand washing.
  5. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

    Do maintenance/ cleaning staff need additional training?
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    lizziescat and install like this.
  7. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    but the German R number went up above 1 when they started to reopen schools, in spite of their extreme caution, 8 students to a room, disinfectant foot baths to dip shoes in, 2m distance maintained at all times, etc.

    But that doesn't mean our R number will rise, or that it won't. They don't even have the same strain of the virus in Denmark and Germany- comparisons don't mean much
    Catgirl1964 likes this.
  8. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    In all the new cloakrooms they'll be fitting, no doubt...no school I've ever worked in has had enough toilets/sinks to allow handwashing sessions...
    I'm told that behaviour in some countries is generally far better, so discussing the fact that their children haven't been spreading the virus doesn't necessarily mean ours won't-I know so many people who've worked abroad, and say that behaviour is far worse here.
    Lidnod and Catgirl1964 like this.
  9. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    lizziescat and install like this.
  10. kissinbec

    kissinbec New commenter

    I would have liked to have seen a more policy-driven return to school from Gove. I predict more division between schools, parents, teachers' unions and the Government. Why such madness? It looks as if health and safety might flatten teaching and learning (hand washing, social distancing, covid-19 awareness etc) which is going to disappoint children. It would have been nice to have seen some recommendations from Gove. Eg: Later start to the day until September; appropriate outdoor education until breaktime, booster lessons after school, cycling proficiency tests to encourage cycle to school.
    Also, pregnant and senior teachers should have been given more attention.
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  11. install

    install Star commenter

    Agree. Good point.
  12. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    on the contrary, their r value doubled when schools reopened. But it started at 0.4, whereas we will be starting at 0.7-1 already, before we go.
  13. install

    install Star commenter


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