OVER TO THE KIDS TO ASK DR AL THE QUESTIONS THEY WANT ANSWERS TO

SHOULD WE BE MAKING THE SAME PROGRESS AT HOME AS WE WOULD BE AT SCHOOL?

  • IT’S IMPOSSIBLE, SCHOOL IS NOT ONLY EDUCATION IT’S SOCIAL AND ABOUT GROWING AS A PERSON

  • FOCUS ON DISTANCE/ONLINE LEARNING TO KEEP UP TO SPEED

  • KEEP UP AND CATCH UP!

  • THE WHOLE SITU IS TERRIBLE BUT WE ARE DOING WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THIS WON’T CHANGE YOUR FUTURE 

HOW WILL YOU HELP US GET USED TO BEING BACK IN FULL TIME EDUCATION?

  • WE DON’T KNOW HOW LONG THIS WILL GO ON FOR

  • WHEN IT IS TIME TO REINTEGRATE, IT WON’T BE WHAT WE ARE USED TO 

  • WE ARE WORKING HARD TO GET EVERYONE BACK 

  • WHEN OTHER RESTRICTIONS ARE EASED AROUND THE ISLAND, WE WILL HAVE TO DO THE SAME

  • CONCENTRATING ON STUDENTS WITH EXAMS AND THOSE STARTING HIGH SCHOOL FIRST

  • DEEP CLEANING OF SCHOOLS TO TAKE PLACE & SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES 

  • WELLBEING OF ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF IS ABSOLUTE PRIORITY!

  • WE ARE LOOKING AT STAGGERED LUNCHTIMES, CLASSES AND PLAY/BREAK TIMES

  • IT WILL BE STRANGE. BUT SAFETY FIRST

MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER ARE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH, IS THE IOM GOV PROVIDING MORE SUPPORT?

  • WE NEED TO LOOK AFTER OUR MENTAL HEALTH AS MUCH AS PHYSICAL

  • MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IS MAJOR AND BEING ISOLATED CAN EMPHASISE THESE STRUGGLES 

  • THERE ARE HUGE AMOUNT OF ONLINE RESOURCES AND GUIDANCE 

  • WORK GOING ON TO PROMOTE WELLBEING AND POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH – KOOTH WEBSITE AND LISTENING SERVICE STILL AVAILABLE 

  • THIS WILL CONTINUE TO BE LOOKED AT AFTER SCHOOLS RETURN AS WE DON’T KNOW IF IT WILL BE A CONSTANT ISSUE 

STUDENTS HAVE MISSED A LOT OF CLASS WORK – WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH EXAMS OR PRACTICAL WORK?

  • DOE IN IOM AND UK DIRECTLY LIAISING WITH EXAM BOARDS

  • GRADES CAN BE BASED ON PAST PERFORMANCE AND PREDICTED GRADES

  • STUDENTS MAY BE ABLE TO SIT EXAMS LATER THIS YEAR (POSS. NOVEMBER?) IF THEY WANT

  • FOR PRACTICAL COURSES – WORKING WITH EXAM BOARDS, SCHOOLS MAY BE OPENED IN SUMMER TO ACCOMMODATE 

  • DO NOT WANT STUDENTS TO HAVE TO RESIT A YEAR 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH STUDENTS SEEING THEIR NEW HIGH SCHOOL/LOOKING AROUND UNIVERSITIES?

  • AGAIN, TRYING TO MAKE SURE YOUR FUTURE ISN’T JEOPARDISED

  • HOPEFUL THAT STUDENTS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO VISIT THEIR HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE SEPT AND HAVE THEIR INDUCTIONS

  • FOR UNIVERSITY – LOOK AT VIRTUAL TOURS, REACH OUT TO CURRENT STUDENTS, SPEAK WITH FRIENDS WHO HAVE ALREADY STARTED UNI IF YOU CAN 

CAN YOU GET COVID-19 MORE THAN ONCE? CAN YOU GET IT FROM FOOD?

  • THIS IS A NEW VIRUS SO WE DON’T REALLY KNOW

  • SOME PEOPLE DEVELOP IMMUNITY, WE DON’T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT IT YET

  • SCIENTISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE WORKING HARD!

  • DON’T WORRY ABOUT CATCHING THE VIRUS FROM TAKEAWAYS OR EASTER EGGS BUT A GOOD QUESTION 

  • OUTSIDE OF THE HUMAN BODY THE VIRUS DOES NOT LAST LONG ENOUGH TO BE A MAJOR WORRY

  • BUT STILL WASH YOUR HANDS

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH SOCIAL GATHERINGS AND MANX CULTURAL EVENTS?

  • WE ARE LOOKING IN TO OPEN AIR CONCERTS – CULTURAL AND MUSICAL!

  • ALSO LOOKING AT HOW SUCH THINGS WORK ONLINE 

  • WE’RE LOOKING AT HAVING BANDS IN PUBLIC PLACES, BUSKERS ON THE STREET

AND FINALLY, THE QUESTION ON EVERYONE’S LIPS

ARE WE GONNA BE ABLE TO MEET UP WITH OUR FRIENDS OVER SUMMER?

  • WE NEED TO KEEP LOOKING AFTER THE VULNERABLE PEOPLE

  • WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AT THE HOSPITAL AND THE CASES WE HAVE ON THE ISLAND

  • WE NEED TO LOOK AFTER OUR GRANDPARENTS!

FINAL WORDS FROM DR AL, “THANK YOU. YOUR VOICE SHOULD BE HEARD”

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