IOM GOV UPDATE – 2ND MAY

DR AL + HEADTEACHER ROB COOLE + RACHEL SMITH, DIGITAL LEARNING COORDINATOR 

GOOD AFTERNOON 

NUMBERS

  • 93 MORE TESTS COMPLETED 

  • 4 NEW CONFIRMED CASES 

  • NO NEW COVID RELATED DEATHS 

UPDATE 

  • 6 WEEKS AGO WE CLOSED SCHOOLS 

  • SOME HAVE REMAINED OPEN TO VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND KEY WORKERS

  • AMAZING CREATIVITY AND FLEXIBILITY DURING A VERY ANXIOUS TIME 

  • TEACHERS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO MAKE SURE KIDS FUTURES AREN’T A VICTIM ON C-19

  • ONLINE LEARNING HAS BEEN EXPANDED 

  • PLANNING TOGETHER ABOUT HOW WE CAN GET KID STO BACK TO SCHOOL 

  • THANKS TO UNIONS 

RATHER THAN ME HARPING ON, I’M GOING TO LET THE ACTUAL TEACHERS SPEAK TO YOU – DR AL 

MR COOIL – HOW HAVE THINGS BEEN FOR YOU?

  • WE’VE BEEN WORKING IN DIFFERENT WAYS

  • STAFF ADAPTED QUICKLY 

  • WE’RE NOT JUST TEACHING BUT LOOKING AFTER KIDS 

  • SOCIAL DISTANCE MEASURES THROWN IN MAKE IT TOUGH BUT WE’RE MAKING IT FUN 

  • FUN IS VITALLY IMPORTANT AS THESE KIDS CAN’T STAY SAFE AT HOME 

  • SENSE OF COMMUNITY IS BRILLIANT – GIFTS OF CUPCAKES AND OTHER TREATS 

  • THANKS, IT’S NICE TO GET A LITTLE BOOST 

  • NUMBERS OF KIDS AREN’T LARGE – KEY WORKERS ARE USING THE SERVICE SENSIBLY

  • PARENT STAFF AND STUDENTS HAVE ALL BEEN GREAT

  • IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE TEACHERS – IT’S THE CLEANING STAFF AND THE KITCHEN STAFF TOO 

  • AN EVER EXPANDING SENSE OF TEAMWORK – REALLY APPRECIATE HAVE OTHER HEADS TO BOUNCE IDEAS OF

  • OUR TEAMS HAS GROWN BEYOND IMMEDIATE SCHOOL SO DECISIONS CAN BE MADE TOGETHER RATHER THAN ALONE / AS AN INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL 

  • THESE SUPPORT NETWORKS WILL HELP US TO PLAN THE NEXT STEPS AND THE FUTURE

  • EDUCATION STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN FOR THE KIDS AND THE COMMUNITY 

MRS SMITH – HOW IS ONLINE TEACHING GOING?

  • MY ROLE IS DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE LEARNING 

  • FORTUNATE TO BE PART OF A NETWORK OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS 

  • WE WORKED WITH COLLEAGUES IN CHINA AND HONG KONG TO PLAN AHEAD

  • WE AUDITED STUDENTS TO CHECK THEIR CONNECTIVITY AND DEVICES- IF THEY CAN’T GET ONLINE THEY ARE INVITED TO THE HUB OR SENT AN IPAD

  • STRUCTURE DAY AROUND HAVING A HEALTHY MIND AND BODY 

  • TEACHERS ARE INLINE DURING TIMETABLE LESSONS – SECURITY, ALWAYS THERE FOR OUR STUDENTS 

  • EVEN IF IT’S JUST A LITTLE CHAT 

  • THANKS TO PARENTS FOR SUPPORTING US – GOT TO GRIPS WITH THINGS SUPER QUICKLY 

  • THERE’S APPS ALL OVER THE PLACE SO IT’S TOUGH TO KNOW WHAT TO USE – WE’VE PICKED THE BEST ONES AND PUT THEM OUR WEBSITE 

  • HOPING THAT TEACHERS CONTINUE TO SHARE BEST PRACTICE 

  • THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR PULLING TOGETHER 

THANKS BOTH – DR AL

DR AL

  • ALTHOUGH EXAMS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED THERE’S LOADS OF WORK TO DO TO ENSURE KIDS GET THE GRADES THEY DESERVE

  • OVER EASTER TEACHERS VOLUNTEERED TO KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN 

  • SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE FULL TT FORTNIGHT TO GIVE THE TEACHERS A BREAK AND HELP KIDS GET SOME NORMALITY

  • ARTS COUNCIL HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS – CHECK OUT THE ELLAN VANNIN VID – IT REDUCED DR AL TO TEARS 

TIME FOR SOME SPORT 

  • RECREATIONAL FISHING IS BACK FROM TODAY 

  • AND TODAY I AM HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT GOLF COURSES CAN RE OPEN ON MONDAY TO SINGLE PLAYERS OR TWO PLAYERS FROM THE SAME HOUSEHOLD 

  • WE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH WATER SPORTS, CROWN GREEN BOWLS ETC ON IDEAS TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO THEIR PASSIONS 

QUESTIONS 

  • ON THE UNIONS KICKING OFF YESTERDAY – THERE ARE NO PLANS TO EXPAND NUMBERS AT UCM – MANX RUMOUR MILL

  • KEEN TO WORK WITH ALL UNIONS AND TEACHERS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE

  • LOW NUMBERS IN THE HUB SCHOOLS – PARENTS HAVE TAKEN ON BOARD THE MESSAGE – ONLY USE THEM IF YOU REALLY NEED TO 

  • WE WILL BE LOOKING TO INTRODUCE MORE KIDS – CONSTRUCTION, HORTICULTURE ETC. AND THOSE CAN’T GET ONLINE AND NEED TO LEARN 

  • ALREADY LOOKING AT SOCIAL DISTANCING OPTIONS FOR SCHOOLS – STAGGERING THE SCHOOL DAY SO PEOPLE DON’T ALL ARRIVE AT ONCE

  • TIMELINE FOR SCHOOLS OPENING – THERE ISN’T A DATE – BUILDING A ROADMAP 

  • WE’RE GONNA NEED TO RE DESIGN SCHOOLS – SPACE DESKS APART – GOING TO BE MAJOR WORK 

  • MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GET EVERYONE BACK TIL LATER THIS YEAR 

  • THERE WILL BE SOME THAT CAN’T COME BACK BECAUSE OF PRE EXISTING CONDITIONS AND BECAUSE THEY ARE SCARED 

  • AFTER THE PANDEMIC THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME 

  • WE KNOW WHERE WE NEED TO GET WITH SCHOOLS  – IT’S GOING TO BE GRADUAL

  • A LOT OF FEAR AND ANXIETY AROUND LARGE SOCIAL GATHERINGS – SCHOOL IS BASICALLY  A LARGE SOCIAL GATHERING 

  • DIFFICULT TO GET YOUNG KIDS TO PHYSICALLY DISTANCE – THERE WON’T BE A MANDATORY OBLIGATION TO SEND KIDS TO SCHOOL WHEN THEY DO MAKE A COMEBACK

  • DIGITAL LEARNING IS BEING BLENDED WITH TRADITIONAL TEACHING 

  • IT WOULD BE LOVELY TO SET A PROVISIONAL SCHOOL RETURN DATE – BUT WE JUST DON’T KNOW YET 

  • I WOULD LOVE TO SAY THAT THINGS WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL IN SEPTEMBER BUT THE REALITY IS THAT WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE NEW NORMAL IS 

  • PM – BREAKDOWN OF THE CASES PLEASE – ALL IN THE COMMUNITY NONE IN THE NURSING HOME

  • IT SHOWS THAT THE VIRUS IS STILL HERE, NEED TO FOLLOW THE SPIDER WEB OF CONTACT TRACING 

  • IOM GOV ARE SETTING UP A GOOD CONTACT TRACING CENTRE – PUTING THE JIGSAW PIECES TOGETHER 

  • ON DR RANKIN – HE HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY WHAT HE FEELS AND HIS FEARS – HE WORDS IN MEDS DOING NIGHT SHIFTS SO HE HAS A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

  • DR AL CAN SEE A WIDER VIEW – THERE ARE ALSO LOTS OF NEGATIVES TO LOCKDOWN – WE NEED TO GET THE BALANCE RIGHT 

  • SCHOOLS WILL FEATURE IN THE PLAN BEING RELEASED NEXT WEEK 

  • TECH IS HELPING IN EDUCATION – DR AL HADN’T HEARD ABOUT ZOOM PRE RONA

  • DON’T FORGET UNI STUDENTS CAN GET JOB SEEKERS IF THEY WANT TO 

  • IF SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES STAY IN PLACE WE COULD FOR 6 KIDS PER CLASSROOM

  • THERE MIGHT NEED TO BE ONE WAY SYSTEMS FOR SOME SCHOOLS WHERE THE CORRIDORS AREN’T WIDE ENOUGH

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO  ANNA CORLETT – A TEACHER  

SHOUTOUTS 

  • GTS

    • REMOTE WORKING ETC 

    • ADAM IS A LEGEND 

  • GIVE A COFFEE YESSIR – BEING MATCH FUNDED UP TO £25K BY ZURICH 

  • ELIZABETH KISSACK – 104TH BIRTHDAY – HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY – HOWARD ASKED ME TO PASS ON HIS BEST 

THE VIRUS STILL EXISTS SO PLEASE STAY SAFE THIS WEEKEND

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