Will the kids be going to school?

It’s been a long and stressful week. Mostly around one Question. Will the kids be going to school or not? For some, that question was answered on Wednesday, and at least the situation was clear. We however were in the group of people, where things remained unclear and confusing.

Jack’s situation

Jack has an EHCP and attends a SEN school, which put him in the group that would still go to school. So that makes thing clear right? Wrong! Two days of mixed messages, uncertainty and confusion coming from all quarters. I thought he was staying in school, then I thought he was going to be staying home from today. Finally this afternoon the decision was made that he would stay going to school.

His whole class are staying in school, and we decided for the sake of his routine he will still go. He’s already shown signs that he’s worried about what’s going on. To pull him out of school now, would escalate that and not be good for him. So unless we need to self isolate, it’s business as usual.

Lily’s situation

It’s been just as complicated and stress with Lily. First I though, she finishes school on Friday and that’s it. Then because we have a disability social worker, we thought we were expected to send her to school. We tried to get clarification on this, and we had to wait for answers. Basically no one was really sure what we were meant to do.

The answer came back today. Lily is now off school, but we can send her into school if Jack is at home and struggling. For example, if his anxiety was causing him to be excessively violent, causing the home environment to be dangerous. With Jack at least for now still going to school, that’s not an issue.

How’s everyone finding the situation?

I know it’s not just us, and this is a stressful time for everyone. Will the kids be going to school? Has been the question on all parents minds this week. Lily’s school have sent some work home for her, but the question of how to keep her busy, entertained and still learning is the one that now weighs heavy. At least I know art will keep her happy. How is everyone else feeling? How are you going to keep your kids busy? Any ideas are most welcome. Drop them in the comments.

My name is Adam. I live with my partner Natalie, and our 2 children Jack and Lily. Both children are autistic, it is now my mission to show what life around autism is like. Spread the awareness and gain the acceptance that autistic people deserve.

13 thoughts on “Will the kids be going to school?

  • March 21, 2020 at 3:51 am
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    With COVID going on, it’s important that we utilize technology more than ever. Oh man, it is interesting to see what other areas are doing. California is in a full lockdown right now.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    • March 21, 2020 at 9:40 am
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      Yeah, we aren’t quite on full lockdown yet, but it’s not far off. Keeping the kids stimulated is going to be…interesting.

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  • March 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm
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    I’m glad you finally got an answer. Although it must have been an incredibly stressful few days for you all.
    The thing I’m finding hardest at the moment, is not letting my kids see how worried I am about Covid-19.
    Kids are so good at picking up on other people’s worries 😬

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    • March 21, 2020 at 3:24 pm
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      I know what you mean, Lily has asked a few times and we reassure her everything alright, whilst secretly stressing.

      Jack is so difficult to gauge, he seems fine and then suddenly explodes, which happened yesterday, trying to reassure him is extremely difficult.

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  • March 21, 2020 at 3:39 pm
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    It’s good you’re able to balance your children’s needs with the Covid-19 pandemic. Our family homeschools, so we have been able to limit some of the bigger changes, but we have 2 classes a week that are currently canceled so there’s still been stress around that. Luckily for all of us, there are so many resources nowadays to help keep kids entertained online.

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    • March 21, 2020 at 3:46 pm
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      Got some resources to keep us going 😊

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  • March 21, 2020 at 3:48 pm
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    At least you got some answers, can only imagine the stress it was causing you guys.

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    • March 21, 2020 at 5:49 pm
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      Kids are claiming watching YouTube is like research for being a youtuber, so classes as school work 🤔

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  • March 21, 2020 at 6:20 pm
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    I am glad you finally got an answer regarding school, even has it been a stressful few days. At least Lily’s school have given her some work to do at home there are lots of free resources online too that might be helpful.

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    • March 21, 2020 at 6:23 pm
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      Thank you 😊

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  • March 22, 2020 at 6:14 pm
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    You speak to the concerns of many parents. This virus is nasty and its effects on our lives are equally nasty. I shared this on my FB page as you are speaking for untold numbers of nervous people. All the best to you and the family!

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    • March 22, 2020 at 7:42 pm
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      Thank you, appreciate it 😊

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