Corona Corona...

We haven't been in school since March 20th. On the Monday 23rd I did a few hours emptying fridges, clearing surfaces, etc. Then a colleague came in and moved all the plants to one location, cleared biological stuff. Now the whole school is being closed down as much as possible. That happened more quickly than we expected as we had offered to come in and photograph experimental set-ups etc.

All teaching moved online immediately. The teaching of the key worker children has moved to the nearby prep school (we are all part of the same school foundation), but they are just being supervised and doing the same online work as everyone else. I don't think after the first day or two any of the teachers were in school. They have been expected to set work remotely and be available to their classes at normal lesson times. Maybe we did this because we only had one week before term ended. This would now be Easter holidays for us. I don't know when other schools break up.

I know that teachers have being planning ways to teach the next sections remotely. A friend posted pictures of his home classroom, with a whiteboard mounted on the wall ready to film small sections of explanations. The year 7 teachers have agreed not to teach the next topic of Reproduction as this would be tricky to do remotely, and runs the risk of misunderstanding. Much easier to do at the start of next year when we hope to be back in school
We break up today, this should have been a P1, Church.Pub day
 
Yes, all our school PPE has been sent :)

I'm working from home as far I'm able, tidying up Lablogger and adding useful stuff. As far as I'm aware only SLT are on roter, and perhaps the caretaker - there is only one student so far. The science block has been locked up, HOD went in and retrieved the plants, checked the stuff I asked her to do and is currently helping those kids at home remotely.
I need to pop In for plants, just remembered.
 
I need to pop In for plants, just remembered.
I have a watering timer in the greenhouse and a cheap irrigation kit from amazon with sprayers. Was going to order a load of variegated geraniums to pot up but not now school is closed.
 
Have been into school twice since closing the department down - once to donate 50 pairs safety specs to local primary care centre and again today to donate all but 4 dozen pairs to local Walk in centre. Oh - plus take home the remaining fish.

Stay safe everyone.

Leigh.....
 
Hello all. Sorry took so long to reply been very very busy!
When heard of this little hiccup took the precaution of transferring a lot of stuff onto drives I could access from home and asked our CPD co Ordinator about on line courses for science technicians.
Been in weekly contact with science team via video link. In fact got ahead of myself on the admin at one point.
Maybe I'm an old fashioned guy but I got myself ready and well prepared like i was taught years ago. To quote some adverts from the past "I didn't make a drama out of a crisis" "In a crisis you don't get caught with your pants down" and "Its a dog eat dog world out there and you wont find me in a tin of pedigree chum"
At least its preparing me for retirement in 10 years!
 
I remote into my preproom PC, so it's like being in in the summer... (without the fun of PAT)

got the webcam open to look around, very dark currently, can't see a thing.
 

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Complete storm in a teacup! Probably snow before they shut any schools!
Anyway look on the positive side. Good time to invest in shares, cheap fuel, cheap flights and holidays save money at the supermarket as all shelves are empty.
Think i remember something like this in 1987, think it was called AIDS that we were all going to die of!

A storm in tea cup @Blackadder ??
 
UK Biobank is starting a long term testing programme (one sample a month for six months at least) to track progress. Anyone else in on it?
 
 
Complete storm in a teacup! Probably snow before they shut any schools!
Anyway look on the positive side. Good time to invest in shares, cheap fuel, cheap flights and holidays save money at the supermarket as all shelves are empty.
Think i remember something like this in 1987, think it was called AIDS that we were all going to die of!
Definitely not in a tea cup!
 
Complete storm in a teacup! Probably snow before they shut any schools!
Anyway look on the positive side. Good time to invest in shares, cheap fuel, cheap flights and holidays save money at the supermarket as all shelves are empty.
Think i remember something like this in 1987, think it was called AIDS that we were all going to die of!
I am afraid this is definitely not a storm in a teacup and we have a long way to go.
 
It's pretty embarrassing how the products of the best UK education can offer have such a poor grasp of the situation. A simple area under the line calculation will show the difference between a do nothing scenario and where we are now (the outputs will be similar in the end) and how far we actually have to go. Admittedly, there may be a lull due to warmer weather (nobody knows for sure) but the chances of precipitating a spike will be certainly increased if we continue on our present course of easing lockdown.
 
I've lived within 10miles of Liverpools pierhead all mee life.
I wouldnt call meeself a Scouser though, I can manage a nasel twang if I try.
I was born at the posh Northern end, but little by little I'm moving South and now live just outside Bootle,
Like being born within the sound of Bow bells... being a scouser required being born within the smell of the Mersey.
I'd say that you are definitely a Scouser Tony. Be proud of it. I Have loved your posts. Be safe.
 
Dear All,
If any of you are still in work & have any new packs of Nitrile gloves, ask your HoD if you can donate them to your local hospital or Dr's.
As most surgeries are closed to all but emergencies, lots of GP's are working at hospitals too. I took our stock down to local surgery for them to take. They were most grateful.
Schools up in the city have taken them to London Hospital & Barts.
Same goes for any unopened packs of face masks. After all, we won't be using them for a while.
Just found a few more packs of gloves while I'm here clearing up. Off to pop those to surgery.
Stay safe everyone.
We already have.
 
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