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Hi, my name is Celi54! I'm CEV, and worried about returning to teach tomorrow

Celi54 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited January 4 in Cerebral palsy
I am a 54 year old with CP who was born 3 months prematurely in 1967. Decreased lung capacity means I’m CEV. I am also a teacher facing going back to school tomorrow (including whole school inset) so even with 2 vacs and booster I’m pretty terrified and thought I’d come here for some friendly support!


  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,204 Pioneering
    edited January 3
    Hi @Celi54 Welcome to the Community. Do you teach primary or high school ? I can understand your worry. Do you get any support from school? Are teachers who are high risk ever allowed to work from home when school is in or could you work say three days a week in school and two remote ? If you have any questions please ask. Take care and stay as safe as you can. 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,135 Disability Gamechanger
    Over 12's will have to wear a mask when they return to school if that helps?
    Please be nice to new members 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 7,086

    Scope community team

    Welcome to the community @Celi54 :) How are you doing today? It's great to have you with us.

    Thanks for posting about this. I can imagine that would cause you quite a lot of worry. Have you spoken to the school about your concerns? 

    I've moved your post into our CP category so that you can connect with others with CP who might be able to share your concerns. You may also like to visit our employment category to find discussions around work and employment. 
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  • Celi54
    Celi54 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am in a secondary school so I am glad we are wearing masks, but the children do tend to wear then just over their mouths or around their necks so not always helpful! We are testing which is some comfort but not social distancing.I was able to teach from home last year when shielding but that’s all gone now. Also I am going back to a new head of Dept and a new Head so I’m reluctant to seem special or different. Not the best first impression. There’s nothing from the Gov for CEV folks who are out there working. All the advice seems to assume you are at home and can control your contacts. I love my job and wish to be in the classroom - ironically I am a specialised SEND teacher so there is no one who can step in for me if I do end up in Hospital. How will that help my students?
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,003

    Scope community team

    Hi @Celi54
    How did your first days back go? Have you had any discussions with your management team about your concerns? The school management team have a duty of care towards you as a colleague and should be seeking clear guidance from the LEA and Health Authority.
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