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Question So now we are back to work, what are your experiences

1 month 4 weeks ago #41780 by TecHKnow
Most, if not all Technicians have returned back to work. This is truly unprecedented times and for some, our very professional world has literally turned on its axis. we now have full guidance from CLEAPSS as well as Public health to follow. So how has your experiences for your first few week been like? How to do you think professional life for the technician will alter and is your workload now increased or decreases.

Tell me your experiences below...

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1 month 4 weeks ago #41781 by Doolally
bit overwhelmed atm.
I've read gov guidelines, CLEAPSS info, school info but what I really want is for someone to give me specific tailored instructions as to how EXACTLY the school wants things done.
e.g. 'technicians to clean labs' is not enough.
I'm hoping it'll all unfold as time goes on but my teachers won't be around much to ask as they'll be off out of dept in year bubbles.
My main concern is that I've been added to the Year 10 bubble apparently so it'll be fine for me to mix with them while I set up/clean/clear away practicals and demos.
Not too happy about that.
On the plus side I've been assured there will be very few practicals until after half term hols.
Certainly is a lot to wrap your head around.
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1 month 4 weeks ago #41782 by Timsian
Overwhelmed, just been unfurloughed and now having to get my head around how we are going to proceed.

Didn't help to see a memo from our deputy head, stating Lab technician to assist cleaners with cleaning of labs after each lesson!! Obviously no understanding of my role. don't get me wrong I don't mind rolling my sleeves up to help our cleaners but between lessons, what does he think technicians do? I'm usually hareing around removing equipment and rolling the next lot in. or perhaps it happens by magic!

CLEAPSS has been a wonderful source of realistic information and has put to bed some of my misgivings.

I think like most its a case of give it a go and lets see.
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1 month 3 weeks ago #41783 by TecHKnow
Hi Timsian
I think experiences will vary across the UK. When CLEAPSS released their GL343 Guidance, ,I immediately emailed this to our Principal and advised him to circulate it to relevent staff. This was in parallel with our Dep education Northern Ireland Education Advisors guidance.
Since this is a Health and Safety Issue, it is within the scope and Powers of Principals/Headteachers to change or even add to the duties of their staff. However, in a meeting (as senior Science technician), I advised my Principal that as part of my own and teams Safety risk assessment we were following the guidance of CLEAPSS GL343/Dept Education which offers you some protection regarding wwhat Principals and head teachers can/cannot do. I also told mamagement (and teachers) that unless it is an emergency or to deal wih a Technical issue, all practicals will be set up in the preproom and are available for teachers to collect and use.
I do not do cleaning!!! unless its my own preproom area. Teachers are responsible for their own area and if they need extra cleaning then they should employ extra cleaners. So far, no cleaner has come into my preproom to help me set up my practicals. i've often wondered why not???

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1 month 2 weeks ago #41788 by AndyG
In a deep brummy accent
"It's day 2 in the school and people are gradually going mad ..."

CLEAPPS is fine, except our strict school covid-bubble organisation negates most of its guidance with only 7s and some 12/13s allowed in department. Science has currently stopped, rooms are left unlocked allowing students to go straight in and keep corridors clear - so obviously all materials and walkables are being removed to "store".

Year 12/13 are going to do set practicals (or not) or see demos (or not) at some point in the future. Year 10/11 pracs are even worse as there's no timetabled 'bubble' space for them in science to do/not do/watch demos of the pracs.

104 people tested positive at a factory up the road, a local school in the trust didn't open due to a positive result and poor social distancing, so I hope that will impact the covid mentality of the staff here and social distancing etc will continue to be observed ...

It is a land of confusion. To be honest, this is the world we live in
and these are the hands we're given so we'd better use them and let's start trying to make it a place worth living in. Nostrodamus was supposed to be a seer, Genesis were better! :-)
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1 month 1 week ago #41789 by woody
Usual mad start to the academic year, from issuing several hundred exercise books and running about like the proverbial coloured fly as lots of lessons are in lots of new rooms because students are in bubbles so not enough labs available many of which I only could access at the start of term as all of the windows were replaced over the holidays making them a no go zone. Sadly lost a much valued friend / colleague over the holidays who hasn't been replaced so just taking it one day at a time until the dust (literally) settles.

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1 month 1 week ago #41792 by prep_room_boy
Total nightmare...…..

Now I'm out of the labs and caretaking I'm exempt from all bubbles and am expected to be able to access all areas at a minutes notice.

Broke my arm last week so I'm on "limited duties" meaning that I now have time spare to sanitise all labs (to help the cleaners out) between lessons. I'm expected to wipe all benches and touch points in 10 labs during a 20 minute break. Problem is that we are running staggered breaks so you never know when a lab will be empty, also lessons have been doubled up to reduce movement, so during that break the benches are left with ongoing work on them.


I did point out that we should not be using alcohol based sanitisers in the labs, and was told that it a load of Tosh and I could not prove it. Slapped a print out of the guidance on the desk and was told it didn't apply.


I just keep my head down and do my best.


I would normally ask the techies to help a little bit, but since we have gone from 4 down to 1 I kinda know what his answer would be

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1 month 4 days ago #41795 by d.esposito@frier
Alcohol based sanitizer is not a sensible idea in labs, we have just ordered some alcohol free from Scientific and Chemical for lessons involving bunsen burners Cleapss agreed it was ok

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1 month 4 days ago #41796 by d.esposito@frier
Our pupils sanitize on the way in to class and spray down their seating area with disinfectant and paper towels as they leave the room,I check there is sufficient of both for each day
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