Word of the Week is a linky I would take part in all the time. My aim this year is to write more blog posts about the family. So I’m starting to take part in Word of the Week again. This week my word is uncertainty as that is truly what it has been this week.
It feels like a lifetime ago now! On Monday our children had inset/work from home days off of school. Ethan had the day off. Little E’s day was a home learning day. Darren was able to help her with her work as he had the day off too. There was concern from the teacher’s unions about children returning to school with the Covid 19 cases so high. Essex was in tier 4 restrictions. We live in one of the few areas in Essex where the schools were still opening.
On Monday we received messages from both schools. They would remain closed on Tuesday setting work to do at home. This was whilst they waited for a response from the government as to why our tier 4 schools were staying open. This caused uncertainty as we didn’t know what to tell Ethan about when he would return to school. We didn’t want to upset him announcing that his expected routine was going to change.
On Tuesday evening there was the announcement of the new lockdown. No one would be going to school. Well, technically Ethan could as he has an EHCP and goes to a special school. So we still didn’t know what to tell him. During the last lockdown, he went back to school in June when they could open up to more children.
With the infection rates being so high our schools have decided to only open up to NHS workers. Confirmation came through on Wednesday. So it wasn’t until Wednesday evening we were 100% sure that both children would be staying at home.
There was also uncertainty if Darren’s new job was an essential role. We also weren’t sure if he can be furloughed this time. As it stands he can’t be furloughed but he is an essential worker. This means Darren will still be going to work whilst I try to work and home school both children.
For the past few days, I have been homeschooling and thankfully work has been quiet. It will be busy again next week which I’m sure will make it interesting!