September 1st has always been a busy day for me, as a primary school teacher I was preparing for a new school year and as a mum I was making sure the children were as ready as they could be with new uniform, shoes that fitted as well as pens, pencils and a geometry set.
But getting 'back to class' this term has been a bit of an emotional and logistical maze.
I have read so many bits of paper that I am ‘papered out’. From Government Guidance to draft Risk Assessments and final documents I have seen almost every possible variation and combination of words and formats – but it is my job- as a teacher to make sure that YOUR class is a Coronavirus free experience and we all enjoy ourselves without feeling as if we are in a hospital waiting room.
I will be following the guidelines, which are common sense and simple; it is the application that adds the stress.
What to bring with you:
See you all on Monday 7th or Wednesday 9th September
Today is a sad day.
Today I made the decision not to return to Highlands Village Hall, closing the EXTEND class that I started.
Phoning class participants- friends- with whom we shared our ups and downs, as well as jokes, plans and so many songs, was very difficult.
All other classes will resume the week of September 7th.
Be safe, stay well, raise a glass to absent friends, and one day we will all exercise together again.
So, we have gone from ‘everyone to be careful’ to ‘don’t go out’ and now we have passed the is ‘OK to go for a walk’ stage and we are entering the ‘you can resume life’ but it will be a ‘new normal’ whatever that may look like.
I remain optimistic that we will all be back again - but not just yet.
There has been a flurry of excitement in the fitness and dance world that we can all resume classes…but…I am not sugar coating the issues:
Cleanliness: while the hall management do all they can, it is my responsibility, before you enter the building and after the class to:
Track and trace:
This is one thing I do not need to worry about as I keep a weekly register and I have all of your details.
I cannot expect you to get on buses or car share with people not in your bubble- especially if you have been isolating since March.
So, while we are all excited at getting back- my honest feeling is that we should wait until September and see what happens then.
In the meanwhile- has your ‘communication’ network changed during lock down?
Enough of the doom and gloom. Life has been interesting here. I have walked almost every street within 3 miles of my home and we have got shopping down to a fine art - in and out in less than half an hour. My aim to leave lockdown no heavier than we went ‘in’ is on track. No lighter- but no heavier!
I think I am keeping John Lewis open with online shopping and my trips out are limited to shopping, and tea in my mum and sisters garden but the cricket is back and I have discovered podcasts and Spotify.
So, what can we do between now and then?
Feeling stiff and sluggish?
To all my class participants- I miss you like nobody's business!
This popped up on my timeline and I thought of you all - we will all sing - together- again.
Hurray- we can go back to class - or can we?
The announcements and guidance
Government announced that indoor gyms and pools can re-open to the public on 25 July (click here) and click here for the official accompanying guidance.
Performing Arts given green light to resume outdoors on July 11- click here and then here here for the Guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.
One area of concern is that 'all venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other. This includes - but is not limited to - refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult. This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission - particularly from aerosol and droplet transmission'
But we can wear a mask? The World Health Organisation released guidance on June 16, 2020, that people should not wear face masks while exercising because it could reduce the ability to breathe comfortably, noting that the most important factor in preventing disease spread is distancing yourself from others.
So....when we get back will depend upon all manner of things from ventilation, social distancing and cleaning the light switches, door handles, chairs.....
.......watch this space!
Thinking about all of my class members on VE Day.
I dug out my 'Black and White' leotard and joined a traditional 'League' class with old friends, teachers, my sister and mum! The traditional sequences: shoulders, swinging waists, feet and legs sitting and lying...and then I went into the garden and played with some scarves.
We would have had a week of parties and celebrations, as well as remembering those who are no longer with us.
Be safe, stay well and we WILL meet again!
It has been a long time since I have posted anything, I suppose I didn't want to jump in on the band-waggon and fill everyones mind with un-necessary stuff.
I found myself getting all stressed in the shoulders are realised that I was not breathing properly so I made myself sit in the garden and breath as it is always good to breathe properly especially if you can get outside with the birds singing and the sun shining.
I do not do breathing exercises in class as I do not want to take people out of their breathing patterns, but this is useful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7sJw5ecFUU&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2PX86nUfM0Pt-eovlmPoVb_ncGH5tKCJkcPJ8vCvRrqbPThazRFN6qwmM
I will pop back later in the week...take care, make sure you go for a walk every day and be safe!
bThere is a new game:
Who will move first?
Will they say thank you?
Day 13 is done and we are all getting used to a new normal. The morning alarm is later as there is no commute. Every cough is dissected and radio stations selected for their 'happy news policy' - you are right- they don't have one.
Trying to stay 2m (6ft) away from anyone is not easy, especially when walking along the street and the 'couple' coming the other way refuses to move from the centre of the pavement. And then you say thank you to them for NOT moving!
Last weekend everyone was out; they were either not thinking or just being plain selfish. Then, as expected, we were put on 'Lockdown'. But it doesn't feel like Lockdown becasuse we can go for a walk, go shopping for essentials and see the elderly- we just can't get to within 6ft of them or introduce 'germs' into their homes. Looking at the news from Italy, we can see where we are going- it will get worse, but staying 'indoors' protects us and the NHS.
BUT, what is worrying is the isolation, the lack of human contact. That is why I always smile when I pass anyone, and we may stop, leaving 6ft between us, for a 'human chat'. It may only last 5 minutes, but it is 5 minutes they are not alone.
People are demanding that the parks are shut. The play equipment is closed as are the tennis courts, but closing off the open green spaces, where dads and sons can play football and families cycle and young girls can jog safely will create secondary issues such as loneness or depression.
There is no quick end, we just have to reply on people we do not know to behave themselves.
Checking the news is depressing, so once in a while i will try to share something light hearted.
But first...money, finance and all that stuff.
The place to go is Martin Lewis: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/uk-coronavirus-help-and-your-rights/?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=18-Mar-20-50597964-3914&utm_campaign=nt-hiya&utm_content=3
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