The Bizarre Mundane
There is normality going on, despite the seemingly overwhelming rush of continuous change that is taking place around us all in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We might have to look for it. The news is full of one story, as is our conversation and possibly our thoughts, but not, it turns out, my email inbox.
Yes, 99% is about the crisis response in one form or other:
Mental health service provision
Catering service resilience
Trade union responses and questions
Impact ion reporting to parents
June 1st opening?
Recruitment at arm’s length
Transitions into and from Key Stage 2
Remote learning demands
Parent challenges on provision allocation
SEND expectations and home / remote learning
Free School Meals in holidays
Alternative education provision
Sports Premium reports and carrying forward unspent balances
School uniform at wider opening
Consulting parents about RSE / Health Education changes
Budget setting in a period of massive uncertainty
And so on, including many, many from colleagues in school (but not working in school).
The contrast came this afternoon – despite all of what is going on, someone agreed the term dates for 2021 / 2022 academic year; I suppose at some point someone has to.
For a few minutes, in what seemed quite surreal calm, I considered where I’d like our five annual training days to fall, and then sent those ideas across to Lydgate Infant School, as we always do, to see if we could agree (as we always do after a nod, a chat or a concession).
We’ve got to be out of all this by then, haven’t we?
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