Coronavirus: We are Still Here!

Hi folks, sorry for the lack of updates recently. As you know, the Coronavirus Lock down is still in place and at the moment, I am living on site, providing leadership to the Residential Staff. Because We’re also a Children’s Home, it means that our Boarders have had to remain on site and alot of changes to the day to day running of our Boarding Units.

  • Boarders on Units are kept segregated at the moment. This means that the boys are unable to socialise with others outside their unit, as the social distancing rules state.
  • It is impossible to keep Boarders 2 metres apart at all times, so this is why we have bought these guidelines in.
  • Higher risk activities, such as swimming are cancelled and using outdoor space, is also segregated, so that only one group is outside at the same time. All offsite activities are currently cancelled.
  • We have a separate area in Sick Bay, prepared for if we have a Boarder with Covid 19 and at all times, staff are wearing PPE.
  • Staff are cooking meals for Boarders at the moment. We have put fridge freezers in the Staff Rooms on each unit and we using the freezers in the main kitchens, to keep these fridge freezers on each unit, stocked up.
  • Once a week, the shop round the corner also brings us teabags, coffee, milk, bread  and cereal for each unit and are on a weekly supply.
  • Staff at risk or those shielding are not allowed to work at present.
  • We are keeping a very close eye on staff and pupils and are watching for the signs of Covid 19; which we are ready to handle if needed. (We have no cases at present!)
  • Some staff are living on site and the Unit Lounges are being used for staff. (I am in the Jets Sleep In Room)
  • I am on call 24 \ 7 if needed. My office phone is diverted to my mobile, so all staff need to do is dial KYLE on the phone.
  • We are keeping Parents informed and Parents are welcome to phone to check on their sons.
  • Cleaning has been ramped up and all areas and we have extra domestic staff coming in to for-fill that.
  • Sam is working from home and is only dealing with emergency call outs at the moment.

I am keeping in touch with home, via my laptop and Skype and I also phone to check on our boys and Sam, several times a day. I do miss home and I miss cuddling up to Sam in bed. (Sam, the kids, Linda and Jenny are all well and have no symptoms, which is good. )

However, I know this lockdown will not last forever and even though things do look bleak at the moment; there is still that light at the end of the tunnel. It may seem far away, but we have to keep holding on, keep locked down and keep safe.

On a final note, the boys at work stand on the fire escapes and at windows every Thursday and clap, bang pots and pans, blow whistles cheer and shout for the heros on the Front Line, Carers, Doctors, Nurses and other Health and Social Care Staff. They are what keeps this country going at the moment and I hope this Thursday, you will join us in the weekly clap for Carers and The NHS!

Finally, from all the staff here at School, from myself and Sam, from our kids and the kids I look after at work, I am sending all our love to you, our followers and ask you to stay safe, keep up the social distancing, follow the rules and help protect the NHS.

Kyle x

Working Hard (During the Corona Virus Crisis)

Working hard at School

School is sort of still operational, despite the Corona virus outbreak. The Day Pupils are not able to come to school at the moment, but our Boarders are still here. (As we are also a Children’s Home) We are using this time that the school is closed, to teach life skills to the boarders; so when they leave care, they will have the skills they need to live interdependently. (Such as how to change bed sheets, operate the washing machine, how to iron, stranger danger, first aid etc)

We have plans in place to deal with staff shortages and at the moment, I am remaining on site to keep things running. Our kids are safe and all off site activities have been cancelled. The kids \ staff are having regular temperature tests and we also have a side room setup on sick bay, should one of the kids contract the virus.  We also have plans in the event of a staff shortage situation.

We have been blessed with the support from the local community as well. The local shop has been providing us with bread and milk, (which we are freezing over in the main school kitchens, for when there may be a shortage) Local people have been offering to help where and when they can too. We are also helping the community. The boys on my Unit, ring the elderly and disabled people in the village, to reduce the loneliness of social isolation, while the Year 10s are helping, by delivering essentials to the above, with items such as milk, toiletries, going to pick up prescriptions etc) showing true community spirit, during dark times.

If you know of someone who is elderly, disabled or suffers with loneliness, I encourage you to give them a ring and see if they want to talk or if they need anything from the shops. We all have to help each other, while the country comes to a standstill.

Finally, Our family is well and self isolating. I am using alcohol gel as soon as I get home to disinfect my hands and my work clothes go straight down the laundry chute, as soon as I get home. Sam is doing the same, as we try to keep the virus away from our home and family.

To all our friends, foes, readers, followers and fellow Public Sector Workers, staff safe, don’t horde bod roll and bread and look after each other.

Kyle x