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    Coronavirus and Community

    Over the past couple of weeks I'm wary of having perhaps come across as blasť about the coronavirus. I'm not but maybe trying to add a bit of perspective can be taken the wrong way.

    Anyway surely as well as being a worrying time this is also an opportunity. I thought we could have a thread to share information about community groups who need help, anyone who knows anyone who needs someone to pick up provisions for them, needs a lift to urgent medical appointments etc etc.

    I'm relatively young and pretty healthy and I have a car so I can assist with such things and would be happy to do so. Maybe there are other groups etc asking for help people can point others in the direction of.

    So let's use this thread to share such information, ask for or offer help and try to bring a bit of community spirit to the situation.


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    Decent idea ! Well done.

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    There's a coronavirus community initiative running in Durham that appeared on my facebook feed that does the following ;Pick up and drop off prescriptions, collect and drop off food clothing and baby items, and identify isolated indiduals to reduce loneliness. All good ideas.

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    Not local to me but saw on Facebook Wester Hailes day-2-day are doing care packages for vulnerable people FOC. Great guys.

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    Fair play to the boys at drylaw that were giving out packs to people free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzywuzzy View Post
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    Fair play to the boys at drylaw that were giving out packs to people free.
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    Brewdog have produced sanitizer.


    Just to be clear, we will not be selling the sanitiser. But giving it away to those who need it. https://t.co/hLjJLhjpuW


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    The neighbourhood watch group here has set up a network of helpers, type A can take calls and Type B can do the running around, shopping, post office etc.

    We just had the first call asking for any spare room in a freezer!!! Now we know who has been panic buying!!
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    My sonís a primary head teacher and is, understandably and constantly trying to reassure worried parents and his own wife for that matter, about not getting overstressed and paranoid about keeping kidís education going at full pelt during this difficult time. Words of a fellow head teacher:

    Dear Parents and Carers,
    Lots of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and under pressure by everything that's happening. This includes the work being sent home for your child. I wanted to just give my perspective on it all as a Headteacher and I hope this can help with that somewhat.

    A few points to note first:

    1) This is not homeschooling. This is an unprecedented emergency situation impacting on the whole world. Let's keep perspective. Homeschooling is a choice, where you considered, you plan for it and you are your child's school teacher in whatever form you choose. This is, at best, distance learning. In reality, it's everyone trying to separate their bums from their elbows, because none of us know what we're doing and what's right and wrong here.

    2) You are, and always have been, your child's primary educator. If you decide that your child isn't going to engage with anything sent home and is going to spend the entire period playing in the dirt, or baking, or watching TV, then that is your choice. That is your right. There is nothing to stress or feel guilty about.

    3) Schools don't know what they're doing either. They had no notice, no preparation time and we were NOT told to 'continue to plan lessons as normal and just send them home' Ė thatís NOT possible. If it were, we'd all be out of a job!

    4) It is absolutely not possible to facilitate distance learning with a primary aged child and work from home at the same time. The very idea is nonsense. If you're trying to do that, stop now. You can certainly have activities where your child learns, but your focus is your job, and survival. Again, unprecedented. Stop trying to be superheroes.

    So, a few FAQs:
    - My school has sent home lots of physical work. Pages and pages, hours and hours. How am I supposed to get through it all?!

    You're not, don't try. Your child's teacher spent a couple of hours in utter panic gathering things to send home so they could say they did their best and there wasn't a lot of complaints that enough didn't go home. It's not a competition, or a race, itís unlikely the teacher will even manage to look at it all.

    - My school keeps sending home links and emails with more work. How do I make it stop? Ahhhhhh!

    See above. These are suggestions and ideas because the school is worried they're not offering enough. Use them if they suit you, don't if they don't suit. If you're getting stressed, stop opening the emails. No one will know!

    - Someone in my child's class has everything done and we've barely started. Will they fall behind?

    Even if everything were equal in terms of support, time and number of children (which itís not) all children learn at different rates. In the class there's a wide range of levels in all subjects, there's different paces and there are many children working on differentiated levels of work. It's almost impossible for teachers to differentiate at the moment, so you donít have to do it either.

    Your child will not fall behind. This is all revision and reminder work. If children could all learn new concepts without specific teaching, we wouldn't need teachers. They will cover all of this again, multiple times.

    - I'm not doing any work with my kids. All they're doing is building Lego, cooking and playing outside.

    All of this is learning -very valuable learning. Give yourself and them a break.

    - How can I get three different lots of work done with 3 different kids of different ages?

    You can't, stop trying. If they're old enough, try to get them to do little bits independently. Otherwise try to do something they can all engage with, reading a story together, some free writing, baking etc.

    - So what's the bare minimum you'd expect?

    For me, survival mode. I won't pretend that may be true of all teachers, but you know what?, if they can't have perspective in a time like this then I wouldn't overly worry about their opinion anyway.

    My ideal for the children in our school?

    - A bit of reading every day (independent or to them or via audiobook etc)

    - Some free writing now and then. If they'll keep a diary or something, great. If not, would they draw a comic?

    - Practical hands on maths. Be that via cooking, cleaning, outside or some maths games, physical or digital.

    - Some fine motor work. Lego, cutting, playdough, tidying up small toys.

    - Physical exercise everyday

    - Some art/music where possible through the week. Doesn't need to be guided.

    -Stretch goal, if old enough getting them to independently work on a project is great for keeping brains ticking over. Get them researching in a book or online and putting together something to present to you or family.

    - If younger, lots of imaginative free play, the more independent the better.

    You are doing enough. You are loving your kids and supporting them through a difficult time. Look after yourself. Minimising stress is absolutely vital in a time like this for mental health. Don't let this be something that stresses you. Only you can control that by accepting it is in your circle of control, you are the primary educator and this is all your call.


    Wise words.😎

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim44 View Post
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    My sonís a primary head teacher and is, understandably and constantly trying to reassure worried parents and his own wife for that matter, about not getting overstressed and paranoid about keeping kidís education going at full pelt during this difficult time. Words of a fellow head teacher:

    Dear Parents and Carers,
    Lots of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and under pressure by everything that's happening. This includes the work being sent home for your child. I wanted to just give my perspective on it all as a Headteacher and I hope this can help with that somewhat.

    A few points to note first:

    1) This is not homeschooling. This is an unprecedented emergency situation impacting on the whole world. Let's keep perspective. Homeschooling is a choice, where you considered, you plan for it and you are your child's school teacher in whatever form you choose. This is, at best, distance learning. In reality, it's everyone trying to separate their bums from their elbows, because none of us know what we're doing and what's right and wrong here.

    2) You are, and always have been, your child's primary educator. If you decide that your child isn't going to engage with anything sent home and is going to spend the entire period playing in the dirt, or baking, or watching TV, then that is your choice. That is your right. There is nothing to stress or feel guilty about.

    3) Schools don't know what they're doing either. They had no notice, no preparation time and we were NOT told to 'continue to plan lessons as normal and just send them home' Ė thatís NOT possible. If it were, we'd all be out of a job!

    4) It is absolutely not possible to facilitate distance learning with a primary aged child and work from home at the same time. The very idea is nonsense. If you're trying to do that, stop now. You can certainly have activities where your child learns, but your focus is your job, and survival. Again, unprecedented. Stop trying to be superheroes.

    So, a few FAQs:
    - My school has sent home lots of physical work. Pages and pages, hours and hours. How am I supposed to get through it all?!

    You're not, don't try. Your child's teacher spent a couple of hours in utter panic gathering things to send home so they could say they did their best and there wasn't a lot of complaints that enough didn't go home. It's not a competition, or a race, itís unlikely the teacher will even manage to look at it all.

    - My school keeps sending home links and emails with more work. How do I make it stop? Ahhhhhh!

    See above. These are suggestions and ideas because the school is worried they're not offering enough. Use them if they suit you, don't if they don't suit. If you're getting stressed, stop opening the emails. No one will know!

    - Someone in my child's class has everything done and we've barely started. Will they fall behind?

    Even if everything were equal in terms of support, time and number of children (which itís not) all children learn at different rates. In the class there's a wide range of levels in all subjects, there's different paces and there are many children working on differentiated levels of work. It's almost impossible for teachers to differentiate at the moment, so you donít have to do it either.

    Your child will not fall behind. This is all revision and reminder work. If children could all learn new concepts without specific teaching, we wouldn't need teachers. They will cover all of this again, multiple times.

    - I'm not doing any work with my kids. All they're doing is building Lego, cooking and playing outside.

    All of this is learning -very valuable learning. Give yourself and them a break.

    - How can I get three different lots of work done with 3 different kids of different ages?

    You can't, stop trying. If they're old enough, try to get them to do little bits independently. Otherwise try to do something they can all engage with, reading a story together, some free writing, baking etc.

    - So what's the bare minimum you'd expect?

    For me, survival mode. I won't pretend that may be true of all teachers, but you know what?, if they can't have perspective in a time like this then I wouldn't overly worry about their opinion anyway.

    My ideal for the children in our school?

    - A bit of reading every day (independent or to them or via audiobook etc)

    - Some free writing now and then. If they'll keep a diary or something, great. If not, would they draw a comic?

    - Practical hands on maths. Be that via cooking, cleaning, outside or some maths games, physical or digital.

    - Some fine motor work. Lego, cutting, playdough, tidying up small toys.

    - Physical exercise everyday

    - Some art/music where possible through the week. Doesn't need to be guided.

    -Stretch goal, if old enough getting them to independently work on a project is great for keeping brains ticking over. Get them researching in a book or online and putting together something to present to you or family.

    - If younger, lots of imaginative free play, the more independent the better.

    You are doing enough. You are loving your kids and supporting them through a difficult time. Look after yourself. Minimising stress is absolutely vital in a time like this for mental health. Don't let this be something that stresses you. Only you can control that by accepting it is in your circle of control, you are the primary educator and this is all your call.


    Wise words.😎
    I'm not a parent but, felt quite moved after reading that. 😢 👏

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