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Is your school coping with covid?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Progressnerd, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. Progressnerd

    Progressnerd Occasional commenter

    Most schools in England have been back for over 3 weeks now.

    Just thought It would be interesting to see the responses to the following questions:

    1) are you enjoying your job more, less or the same since we've been back?
    2) do you currently have staffing issues (staff off and it keeps rising due to isolation etc?)
    3)has behaviour dipped from students due to the uncertainty and changes in schools?
    4) does your school 'feel' the same or does it feel like everyone is a bit more tense and stressed?
    5) do you feel your school has made it as safe as possible for staff?
    6) has your teaching suffered or got bettered so far if you are having to move about the building or adapt to new changes?
     
  2. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Lead commenter

    1) enjoying the job less, as I know that this regime is not good for education. No practicals, no marking, no one-to-one interactions, can't hand anything out, can't speak directly to a child in the class room, can't walk around the room freely

    2) yes we have staffing issues, around 20% of staff ill or self isolating

    3) no, behaviour has not dipped, in fact, our kids have stepped up, I would say.

    4) no, it does not feel the same, how could it, everyone in masks/visors, numbers on doors saying max occupancy, you have to count how many people are in a room before you enter it, cannot approach another member of staff, meeting are held in rooms with a maximum of 4 in, and on teams, most staff I have not seen in real life for more than 6 months, triple duties to cover staggered break times, bubbles, rushing from one department to another to teach year groups in their "bubble zone", everyone anxious, no one knows whats going to happen next.

    5) no, it isn't as safe as possible , they have tried, but I don't feel safe. Hand gel is running out already, lapses in rules are happening more often, children are coughing, and not sent home, etc.

    6) my teaching has not got better or worse, but the situation in which I am teaching is restrictive and unnatural.
     
  3. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Exactly as @Corvuscorax20 except no 5 - I do feel our SLT have tried and are continually trying to keep staff as safe as possible. Nothing is running out and is replenished regularly; procedures are constantly reviewed and changed if it's felt another way will work better. If anyone has an issue they are welcome to voice it and it's quickly sorted if possible. I am very aware that they're doing everything possible, which makes me feel reasonably safe.
     
  4. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Surely one of the main problems is that if a student has symptoms, their 'bubble' is not sent home until s/he has a positive test result. People have reported not being able to get one, despite trying for days, and if the parents can't/won't drive, it could well be a week or more before said student gets a result. I think a lot of people would feel safer if they sent the whole bubble home when symptoms appeared in one student, not when it's had a week to spread.
    Students are generally trying (discussed this a lot with teachers at different schools in our area); just like adults, some don't care/don't believe in Covid, but some are worried and feel there's no way to protect their parents, as they can't distance. They also know their work is less likely to be checked/assessed, and some feel it doesn't matter. Many miss being able to socialise/take part in groups.
     
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  5. LadyPsyche

    LadyPsyche Occasional commenter

    Trouble is, if we did that the school would have no children in it. We've had a minimum of 2 off in every year group in seniors at any one time since coming back. We'd be in permanent isolation.
     
  6. Newidentity

    Newidentity Occasional commenter

    I believe that the game plan is to get as many people infected as quickly as possible, and then call a second lockdown. Oh, and remember to act surprised.
     
  7. costermonger

    costermonger Occasional commenter

    1) are you enjoying your job more, less or the same since we've been back?
    Less, we're doing less practical work. Communication with students is harder. Everyone is feeling the strain, so everyone is being very firmly polite to each other rather than just being their usual pleasant selves. It's tough.
    2) do you currently have staffing issues (staff off and it keeps rising due to isolation etc?)
    We've had a steady flow of absences. People go off and self isolate a few at a time, but the number is clearly rising.
    3)has behaviour dipped from students due to the uncertainty and changes in schools?
    Not that I have seen.
    4) does your school 'feel' the same or does it feel like everyone is a bit more tense and stressed?
    More tense.
    5) do you feel your school has made it as safe as possible for staff?
    Management have done everything possible given the context, but everyone knows we aren't 'safe'.
    6) has your teaching suffered or got bettered so far if you are having to move about the building or adapt to new changes?
    My teaching is much worse than it was. Adaptation takes time, which I am very aware the students don't have.
     
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  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Reading the responses, maybe there is a primary secondary divide on this?
    1. Much more
    But largely because we have a new head who is in a whole different (higher) league to the last one and a new deputy who is resolutely cheerful and positive, which makes a massive difference in a small school. Both are determined to improve staff wellbeing and morale.
    2. Nope
    We had one TA off because her son was waiting for test results, but that's all the staffing issues.
    3. Nope
    Most are too young to know anything and the older ones are loving the excitement of it all and having more things they can tell tales on.
    4. Largely the same
    The same people who ignore SLT instructions are still ignoring them
    The same people who spend all day whinging are still whinging
    etc etc etc
    5. Yes
    Major update om Monday in staffmeeting and some reiterating of the expected procedures and rules for staff as well as what supervision of pupils is expected.
    6 No
    But I spend nearly as much time cleaning as teaching!
     
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  9. averagedan

    averagedan Established commenter

    1 - Much less.
    2 - No. We had already planned for self-isolaters, etc. and systems have held.
    3 - No. Behaviour is better across the board.
    4 - More tense, more stressed but there's a "we're doing well" air about the place.
    5 - 90% yes.
    6 - Yes, we're losing five mins of every lesson for cleaning, staggered lessons, breaks, extra duties, etc.

    Going pretty well on the Covid front. We're one of the few in our area that hasn't closed yet.
     
  10. teapot24

    teapot24 Occasional commenter

    [QUOTE="Progressnerd, post:

    1) I am enjoying my job more than when I was having to work from home and home school my children. I am in Reception and we have our new children in and have been enjoying getting to know them so I'm enjoying it the same as I do each Sept, with the added bonus of less work at home as we completed lots of our phonics planning and resources and maths resources during the lockdown period.
    2) No staffing issues, and only one child off so far as family member tested positive.
    3)Behaviour has stayed the same
    4) School feels the same except having to step out of the way in corridors and not go in the staff room at lunch as we are eating in our "bubble". We have only 7 teachers and 6 TAs anyway.
    5) Yes I feel like they have tried to make it as safe as they can.
    6) I am not moving about as am in Reception but I feel like my teaching has improved as I did a ton of CPD over lockdown and have begun putting it all into practise.
     

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