Letter: Schools need to back off and give families time to get our heads around what’s going on

This reader says she’s getting up to ten text messages a day from her children’s school and that this is adding pressure to an already difficult situation

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This from Kerry Daniels, a support worker from Shanklin. Ed

If the schools could back off, for just a bit, that would be most appreciated.

We all need time to get our heads around what’s going on and how drastically and dramatically everything has changed.

I get on average about ten messages a day from school, (two already this morning and it’s not even 8am) with all the work my kids are expected to do.

It’s ridiculous! Especially when some of us still have to go to work.

Give us time to adjust
Slow down, let the children breath, let them adapt, to get their heads around what’s going on.

Give us time to adjust.

Stop this added pressure
Things are stressful enough already. Please, stop this added pressure. It’s maddening!

I for one, am going to stop stressing so much about the tons of work they’re expected to do each day.

School work will fit in with us. Not the other way round.

Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
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Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
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Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 8:34am


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3 Comments on "Letter: Schools need to back off and give families time to get our heads around what’s going on"

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We are struggling to keep up with the work set, our son needs 1 to 1 help with his work which he gets at school but at home with one of us wfh in the bedroom and a rampaging toddler it’s not ideal, we are doing what we can when we can but it’s going to fall short of what the school can do. These are strange… Read more »
Just wondered which school, or at least whether it is a primary or secondary? My daughters school, Medina College, have been setting a fair amount of work which she seems to be able to get on with on her own with just a bit of grumbling. Teachers certainly seem to be making themselves available for any support needed. Appreciate it may be different, and more difficult, for… Read more »

Maybe you should be thanking teachers for risking their own lives to keep the NHS running…just a thought. No teacher is forcing this work upon you, it is there to help you incase you are as interested in your child succeeding as much as your child’s teacher is.