Working around covid-19
This section is for people looking into in-person, at home tuition and details current covid government restrictions along with my own current practices. I have received all available vaccinations and strictly adhere to current guidelines and self-isolation requirements.
IN THE EVENT OF ANOTHER LOCAL OR NATIONAL LOCKDOWN, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE YOUR LESSONS ONLINE. THIS APPLIES SHOULD YOU FIND THAT YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN DIRECTED TO SELF-ISOLATE BUT IS NOT UNWELL. THIS ALSO APPLIES IF I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO SELF-ISOLATE. AND AM WELL ENOUGH TO TEACH.
PLEASE NOTE THAT I WILL NOT ATTEND SESSIONS WHERE ANY MEMBER OF THE HOUSEHOLD IS IN SELF-ISOLATION. I would ask that you are honest with me should there be any doubt regarding your need to self-isolate as I have a responsibility to both my own family and to places of work where I am in constant contact with vulnerable children. Needless to say, I also don't want to become ill!
Missed sessions due to self-isolation will be treated in the same manner as normal sessions and will be expected to take place as usual - moving online instead. If your child subsequently becomes unwell, this will count as an unforeseen circumstance and sessions can be re-scheduled.
Use of face mask
In primary schools in England, there is currently no requirement to wear face masks in classrooms - although many schools are still encouraging members of staff to wear facemasks in shared areas.
When attending in-person sessions, I will certainly wear a facemask if you require it, and I reserve the right to wear a facemask as I am still currently doing so in all public situations, eg. shopping.
Teachers in primary schools are currently not being advised to remain socially distanced from children. As I work in a school I am in close-contact with children on a daily basis.
When working with your child, I will therefore adopt the current practices as set out in school: I will sit next to your child to facilitate learning, but not opposite.
use of hand sanitiser / sprays / gloves
I will bring my own hand sanitiser to maintain my own hygiene practices and will use it before, during and at the end of sessions.
It is the responsibility of the client to sanitise the work area before and after each session: I cannot do this as I cannot be held liable for damage incurred to work surfaces/areas due to the use of such cleaning products.
I may choose to wear thin plastic gloves when conducting sessions. Rest assured, it is not a judgment on your cleanliness if I do, it merely reflects the current guidance or my current feelings towards COVID-19. The same applies if I wear a facemask when not required to by current guidance.
USE OF RESOURCES
There may be a variety of resources I bring with me to facilitate your child's learning, for instance, I may feel that using a product called 'Numicon' is useful for helping your child to understand a mathematical concept. ALL RESOURCES SUCH AS THESE WILL BE DISINFECTED BEFORE AND AFTER SESSIONS. Where materials cannot be disinfected, eg. worksheets, I will have them printed off and put into plastic poly-pockets that can be sanitised if necessary in the home before use in the session.
Although I will always carry spare sanitised pencils and paper (which cannot be sanitised), you may find it more reassuring if your child has their own set of writing implements, perhaps to include a sharpener and rubber.