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It boils my piss they keep calling it “NHS Track and Trace” when it has nothing to do with the NHS, despite the NHS having digital departments that would have been able to build and release something, and for the right reason and not because it was a commercial transaction and if it didn’t work just go, “Meh. Well, we can fix it but it’ll cost an extra [insert arbitrary figure in millions here]”.

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I'm signed onto a Covid research app that asks people to register how they're feeling daily. I'm not showing any main symptoms and I'm 90% sure most of my current symptoms (fatigue, headache, dry throat) are depression related but they've asked me to get tested and to say I'm a key worker. Suffice to say that's virtually impossible. 

They've noted I probably don't have it. Which, I guess is good enough to not worry? My current symptoms wouldn't meet the criteria to not go to work either so...

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1 hour ago, CAREBEAR LUVVA said:

I'm guessing a lot of people will be developing "symptoms" tomorrow, ahead of potentially going back to work in schools and all that sort of stuff on Monday. For those who have gone back already: how's it been going?

I've got teenagers being edgy and cool by refusing to wear their masks properly then taking issue when I ask them to.

 

We sent a kid home yesterday for coughing in his mentor room, without covering his mouth and declaring "he had coronavirus"

 

I'm also losing about 10 minutes per lesson to a) movement from one room to another and b) shit technology. 

 

But it could be worse, I guess. 

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Six kids missing from my form on Friday with two more being sent home through the day. Kids are either super happy with the weird timetable or hate it as they have subjects bulked together. For example, my form group have 5 hours of maths on a Friday and nothing else. English on Thursdays is broken by 1 hour of PE. I see them for 2 hours on a Wednesday to break up science and then the other two days they're doing humanities subjects or tech/art/music with no equipment for practical work.

I spend that much time going between zones, I'm starting to think I work in the fucking Crystal Maze. I'm waiting for Richard O'Brien to lock me in the Aztec Zone.

Kids are allowed to go to the toilet whenever so its like a constant cycle of teenagers leaving a room. So I repeat myself every 5 minutes for whoever has just come back. Half of them don't have masks, some are constantly messing with masks, I have to wear an impractical visor if a kid needs help requiring me to leave the little 2m square around the desk (which doesn't cover the area with the board for some rooms).

No confirmed cases as of yet, but with so many off I think its just a matter of time,. The primary school which is our main feeder school has had 2 confirmed cases in children and one member of staff, so it's very openly in the community 

Oh, and I had to actually have a conversation with my form this week about why they should be washing their hands after going to the toilet. For fuck's sake...

Going well.

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My school have had a record number of Elective Home Education requests in just two weeks (we usually have one a year, I took 7 requests on Wedneday and Friday). I'm doing a lot of the safeguarding and absence calls as I'm working from home and list is doubling every day. Lots of kids with symptoms and very few tests available. A smattering of fakers but most seem to genuinely be showing some type of symptoms - though it's more than likely the usual beginning of term cold but without a negative test, we have to tell them to isolate.

That's interesting @LariatTom, ours are not really allowed to the toilet during lesson time. If they want to go, they have a note in their planner saying they have been and aren't allowed to go in a lesson again for the rest of the day (unless they have a medical expemption).  We have a pastoral desk on every corridor and if they are allowed to go to the toilet, they are escorted by the member of staff on duty and reminded to wash their hands....

 

Edit: Masks are mandatory in my area at the moment so students are wearing them outside of lessons. I've been told compliance has been really high. I'm just waiting for someone to take advantage of the anonymity of a mask though.

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35 minutes ago, deathrey said:

ours are not really allowed to the toilet during lesson time. If they want to go, they have a note in their planner saying they have been and aren't allowed to go in a lesson again for the rest of the day (unless they have a medical expemption).

This seems a bit draconian. My youngest needs a piss every 20 minutes some days. 

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I think it depends their age, in Primary it's fair enough, they struggle to hold it in but high school kids can and some will constantly take the piss with it and do which is why we started noting it in planners. They have enough breaks and lesson changeover every 50 minutes to go, at 15 you should be able to work around that.

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5 minutes ago, deathrey said:

I think it depends their age, in Primary it's fair enough, they struggle to hold it in but high school kids can and some will constantly take the piss with it and do which is why we started noting it in planners. They have enough breaks and lesson changeover every 50 minutes to go, at 15 you should be able to work around that.

Oh, secondary school? Yeah, fair enough. Every time I went for a piss, I was going for a fag.

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When I was in primary school, my dad told me that if a teacher wouldn’t let me go to the toilet, just go in the corner of the class. 
He gave very disturbing advice through life and I’m pretty sure looking back now that he is a sociopath. 

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2 hours ago, deathrey said:

That's interesting @LariatTom, ours are not really allowed to the toilet during lesson time. If they want to go, they have a note in their planner saying they have been and aren't allowed to go in a lesson again for the rest of the day (unless they have a medical expemption). 

Typically, they would need a toilet pass because they've got medical exemption. 

At the moment though, the idea behind it is that if we allow more pupils to go during lesson time, less will need to go at break/lunch and minimise the number trying to use them at the busiest time. They need to wear a face mask if they're going out and can only go to the block in their zone.

It seems to be working, just means I'm constantly repeating myself.

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Probably time Prof. Witty stopped adding caveats when giving Covid overviews. He's trying to balance medical science with issues that are absolutely not his concern (schools, pub closures, the economy etc). If he thinks a full lockdown is essential (not saying he currently does), that should be his advice and nothing more. If he lacks the guts to do that, he shoud step aside. His job is not to try and balance science with government wishes. Personally, I would have locked it down on the 7th. We're travelling in entirely the wrong direction & once again, not reacting anywhere near quickly enough. As for those who continue to disobey the guidance and rules (and trust me I'm not a rule-taker, by nature), you really are cunts. Fuck you and I genuinely hope it comes back to haunt every bastard one of you and your mamas.

 

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 They really are a shower of shits. Might as well just say that we can meet anywhere that has a till and be done with it. These half arsed lockdowns are going to fail, I know a good few people who have taken the approach of "so I can go to the pub with strangers surrounding me but not see my family, fuck that." 

People are seemingly making their own social bubbles regardless of the rules as everyone is so sick of a spineless government who cannot be trusted to wipe their own arses (probably standers).

I don't agree with bending the rules to suit your own narrative but it's bloody easy to see why people are utterly exhausted by it all. 

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