CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 162 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 31.8.2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 162 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 31.8.2020 BLOG 2nd September 2020


LIVE TODAY 2nd September 2020 (Firstly)

Millions of pupils return after historic shutdown

Millions of pupils in England are returning to school after the unprecedented shutdown linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools will look different, with one-way systems, screens keeping pupils apart and staggered start times.

Many pupils will be given inductions, so they understand the new rules, such as staying in their “bubble” groups and where to use social distancing.

Teachers will assess how much pupils need to catch up after a long absence.

It has been almost six months since schools were closed by the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

They soon reopened to vulnerable pupils and key worker children, but only a fraction of the national school population returned to any form of face-to-face lessons over the summer term.

The rest were required to carry on learning from home, but levels of support and interactive teaching have been very different from place to place.

It is not clear how many parents are planning to send their children back, although attendance is compulsory in England.

Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union said that, thanks to the preparations by school staff, “the signs are at the moment that it’s a very calm and managed and positive return”.

“There will be lots of nervous children and young people this morning,” she said. “I’m sure when they get into school they will be reassured by the routines and be really glad to be back with their teachers and their friends.”

But teachers and head teachers have criticised the lack of funding for safety measures, such as hand-washing stations, sanitiser, and screens.

Association of School and College Leaders general secretary Geoff Barton said it was “hugely disappointing” that these changes had to be paid for out of “hard-pressed budgets”.

England’s schools minister Nick Gibb has said funding for safety measures is “under review”, although Ms Bousted said the government was acting too slowly.

Mr Gibb has also urged parents to send their children back to school to help them to catch up on what they have missed, saying: “Schools are doing everything they can to make sure that their pupils and their staff are safe.”

In Scotland, where pupils returned several weeks ago, official statistics show one in 10 pupils is absent, although ministers and teachers have suggested cold and flu viruses are mostly to blame.

Pupils in Northern Ireland have already returned, and those in Wales are returning later this week.

Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday, Mr Williamson said: “Welcoming pupils back will be a massive milestone for schools across the country.”

But he faced criticism for having failed to realise the system he approved for exam grading was not fit for purpose.

The mass return comes as senior figures at England’s exams regulator, Ofqual are due to appear before the Commons education committee.

They will be answering questions on how things went so wrong with the moderation system based on a mathematical algorithm.

Pupils returning to secondary schools, will find whole sections of school buildings cordoned off to some groups, but open to others as head teachers strive to keep groups apart.a

And there will be reduced movement of pupils around schools, with classes and year groups staying in a small number of rooms, while their individual subject teachers come to them to teach.

Pupils can be required to wear face coverings in busy areas, such as corridors, and lessons like physical education will be very different, with all contact sports still banned. Many will already be wearing face coverings on public transport to school.

There have been widespread concerns about pupil well-being during lock down and how this might impact attendance, ability to learn and behaviour once schools return.

And there are fears about further local school closures as cases of Covid-19 are on the rise again particularly in some areas of the Midlands and north-west England.

The rules state that when a school discovers a positive case, it will work with local health officials to assess how many other pupils should go home and isolate.

It could be just those who have been in close contact with the pupil, or an entire “bubble” group, which could be an entire year group in secondary schools.


CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 162 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 31st August 2020

Today is the last day of August and for us 70-year olds it is 162 days since Self-Isolation due to the Corvid-19 Pandemic was forced upon us.

But life is gradually getting back to normal. A long way off fully normal, but step by step we are getting there.

Consequently I think the time is right to sign off and close the Diary of a Self-isolator Blog. Today is therefore the last entry.

But the / Blog is reinventing itself. We are moving on to become a “HELPING LIFE FEEL GOOD, LIKE I KNOW IT SHOULD” kinda blog.

I will have a daily cycle of subjects over 21 days, as listed below. The purpose of each post to try and give the reader a positive, feel good feeling, and hopefully give you a bit of a laugh.

Here are the subjects:


  1. Didn’t Know That Last Week
  2. Nice Little Number
  3. How To Be Happy
  4. Children’s Books of the Day (New one or Classic recommended)
  5. Daily Mash Story of the week
  6. Music Playlist 10 Tracks linked Why?
  7. Grandparent Event Update
  8. My Column Week 1
  9. Feel Good Picture of the Week
  10. 10 Great Feel good events from history
  11. List of The Day
  12. A top TV show remembered
  13. Would you Rather
  14. Album of the Day
  15. Chart of the Day
  16. Daily Mash Story of the week
  17. Good News Story of The Week
  18. Joke of the fortnight
  19. Bucket List
  20. My Column (Week 2)
  21. A vintage radio show remembered


Due to us being two days behind with our Blog Post the change will begin with the posting of Thursday 3rd September 2020.

Today was a very uneventful August Bank Holiday Monday.




Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile – Mark Twain



Happiness is…not self-isolating anymore


Why are teachers so rude during summer vacation?

Because they have no class!


Love is… a love story


5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to bring The Diary of a Self-Isolator Blog to an end…A time to revamp the and Blogs
  2. A time to feelgood…A time to search for the hero inside
  3. A time to be positive…A time to ditch negativity
  4. A time for positive thoughts on your life…A time to forget every single negative thought in your life
  5. A time to go boldly forward…A time to leave the past


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