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Remote Learning – Day 10

Lovely clear sky tonight with the stars shining through. Bitterly cold though but certainly make sure that you are awake. The last two days have been quite intensive with some letters, policies and ongoing bits of admin work to do. We heard today that schools will have two weeks notice prior to opening; although my view on that one is the notice could come and then be changed, just to keep the options open. Whatever happens, it’s quite messy and there are a lot of people struggling.

Life goes on and the daily difficulties that people face are still there. You can then add to that the difficulties from Covid, with extremely busy hospitals and the staff doing their very best; and parents at home regardless of the usual daily routine, struggling with children that require attention where the remote provision whilst brilliant in many ways, just doesn’t work for some children. I’m sure there are many parents out there properly struggling with the pressure of work, reduced finance, yet energetic children needing them.

It’s almost the weekend and hopefully for some a couple of days to down tools and have some quality time with family. Despite the cold weather it would be great if people can get outside for that bit of exercise, be it a gentle walk, a run or a bike ride. I’ll certainly be planning on getting out for a run and hurt my foot doesn’t hurt. I’m pretty sure will also be going out for a little bike ride.

I heard of some people having a discussion about what we should do and what we should not do with remote learning. It was really saddening because the negativity of some people in organisations really doesn’t help and places barriers in the way of positive people trying to do good stuff. Be a great part of a super team.

The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.

Winston Churchill

The numbers in school seem to be a steady number now but I do know that there are parents that want to send their children who are not critical workers, the children are not vulnerable; but it is a struggle. I really do feel for them but the answer isn’t just to let them all come to school, even if it were allowed. The lockdown is here for a reason and as hard as it is, we need to keep working our way through it and have faith that soon, we will be able to get back to normal. I heard it said sometime back that the term ‘the new normal’ is one that isn’t liked and I’m certainly there with them. This is far from normal. Sadly the fact that it has been going on for so long and it’s likely to for some time yet, some define that as normal – not me.

So as the days continue please do keep thinking of different ways to engage with people and to bring a smile to those around you. We will get through this but it will be hard and it will take time.

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