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#1 tenar

Posted 10 March 2020 - 05:52 PM

Is anyone else considering taking their kids out of school already, before there is rampant community transmission of COVID-19?  

I'm starting to think that now is the time.  I'm worried about the number of people moving around in Melbourne from all over the world.   If school has to close (and I think they all will), I'd rather my kids are not infected beforehand.

WDYT?

#2 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 10 March 2020 - 05:55 PM

Not the same decision as you, but I am immunocompromised so I kept the kids home today with an expectation they could also be home for T2 as well.
It is not going to be easy.

#3 sahmie

Posted 10 March 2020 - 05:59 PM

It’s not like this will blow over in a week. We could be looking at 2/3/4+ months of ‘risk’. And in that time, you still have to eat, work, whatever, where you are moving about the community exposing yourself to others.
Unless you’re planning on homeschooling, taking them out until it all clears up seems a bit illogical and detrimental.

I’d like to see schools step up and get on board with better hygiene. It’s been a bug bear of mine that the kids eat in their classrooms before heading out to play, with no hand washing before eating. I’d also like to see more active cleaning in the classroom (desks etc), and less sharing of supplies. As a parent helper, I’ve seen the gross things kids do (sucking on shared pencils, sneezing on shared iPads).

#4 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:03 PM

Yes, I am expecting 3-6 months of home schooling.
It wasn’t a snap decision, just the timing was a week earlier than expected.

#5 BornToLove

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:03 PM

No, no plans to keep DD home.

The fact that we both work full time means it’s just not feasible. Not to mention that DD needs the stimulation and socialisation that being at school, around kids her own age, provides.

We would struggle if the school shut, though if that happened both our workplaces would also be shut.

#6 rosie28

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:03 PM

If it was something that would blow over in a week, or that was especially dangerous for children then I would consider it, but it’s likely to be all year, so no. I am making sure we have a well stocked craft cupboard- my two older kids burned through the craft supplies over the holidays so if schools are closed I expect more of the same.

Edited by rosie28, 10 March 2020 - 06:03 PM.


#7 scooty

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:16 PM

I have considered it. But I think my hubby would not agree with me. So in the mean time I'm stocking up the house, ready for school closures. I do not want to take the kids out to the shops for anything, once that level of concern starts to take place. I have a lot of dry food, but now to stock up on some frozen veges and meat. I would keep them home from today though if I was a sole parent.

I actually think it wont be too long away before they just announce its an early easter holidays and make it 3 weeks instead of 2.

I feel for parents who have childcare issues if and when that happens.

#8 IamzFeralz

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:19 PM

No plans to keep them at home.  My kids are healthy and only get  sick about once a year.  

If they were immune compromised then I would until they could get the vaccine.

#9 ImperatorFuriosa

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:23 PM

Er...no?

#10 red_squirrel

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:24 PM

Yes. Because they pick up everything and bring it home.
They will probably be fine but I might not be as I’m in the high risk group. In the very least I would probably need 3 weeks in hospital. I’d much rather do home schooling.

#11 justbreath

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:26 PM


I would make a bet that schools will be closing Sydney wide any day now. My money is on an announcement within the next 24-48hrs. I suspect there will be other significant containment restrictions put in place as well.

Edited by justbreath, 10 March 2020 - 06:29 PM.


#12 Mrs Zee

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:26 PM

View Postsahmie, on 10 March 2020 - 05:59 PM, said:

It’s not like this will blow over in a week. We could be looking at 2/3/4+ months of ‘risk’. And in that time, you still have to eat, work, whatever, where you are moving about the community exposing yourself to others.
Unless you’re planning on homeschooling, taking them out until it all clears up seems a bit illogical and detrimental.

I’d like to see schools step up and get on board with better hygiene. It’s been a bug bear of mine that the kids eat in their classrooms before heading out to play, with no hand washing before eating. I’d also like to see more active cleaning in the classroom (desks etc), and less sharing of supplies. As a parent helper, I’ve seen the gross things kids do (sucking on shared pencils, sneezing on shared iPads).

I was pleased to hear the teachers enforced hand washing before eating times at my boys' school. Eldest DS voiced his disbelief that they've never done it before now. Lol


Eta an answer to the OP, I don't intend on keeping our kids home but I'm not in a capital city either. I did cancel a non essential appointment at the hospital tomorrow for DH as I had no one to leave the toddler with and didn't fancy taking her with us.

Edited by Mrs Zee, 10 March 2020 - 06:28 PM.


#13 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:28 PM

Nope. We are all pretty healthy so I’m not worried about catching it. We will attend school and work until we are forced to stay at home.

#14 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:32 PM

I fully anticipate the Easter holidays (which start 27th March as last day of school in Victoria) will most likely start early.

I am not planning on taking my kids out but anticipate schools will be closed longer than the holidays.

I will admit to checking emails from school each morning to check the kids are still to go.


#15 amdirel

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:35 PM

No.

#16 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:37 PM

View PostVeritas Vinum Arte, on 10 March 2020 - 06:32 PM, said:

I fully anticipate the Easter holidays (which start 27th March as last day of school in Victoria) will most likely start early.

I am not planning on taking my kids out but anticipate schools will be closed longer than the holidays.

I will admit to checking emails from school each morning to check the kids are still to go.

I don’t think the school term will end early. It’s only 3 weeks away, that means you expect massive levels of new infections across the whole state in the next two weeks?

I predict about a month before we are at that level. It will be a post-Easter decision.

#17 BeAwesome

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:37 PM

No, not something I'd consider at this stage.

#18 amaza

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:39 PM

No. If they get sick I'll keep them home but other than that I have no plans to pull them out of school at all. There is nobody in this house who is immunocompromised and although my work puts me at a higher risk I think it's over the top to pull my kids from school just in case.

#19 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:41 PM

Nope.

As I said in a previous thread - life will go on as per normal here unless at some point it needs to change.

#20 Tyrannosaurus

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:43 PM

no, if they get sick yes will keep them home. Or if there are more people diagnosed in sydney (e.g 1000 over) then yes i will keep them home.

#21 MrsWidget

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:44 PM

Mine are home educated already but if they weren’t I’d be considering it.

#22 justbreath

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:44 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 10 March 2020 - 06:37 PM, said:

I don’t think the school term will end early. It’s only 3 weeks away, that means you expect massive levels of new infections across the whole state in the next two weeks?

I predict about a month before we are at that level. It will be a post-Easter decision.

I think it will be a pre-emptive move. I expect this will be the last week before Sydney schools close. I suspect an announcement will come in the next 24-48hrs. It would not be smart to wait until it spreads further. The smart thing to do is close now BEFORE it spreads further.

#23 MagsJee

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:46 PM

I'm considering it tbh - hubby is immunocompromised and that's weighing heavily on my mind, although how long it would have to be for, I have no idea

#24 born.a.girl

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:50 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 10 March 2020 - 06:37 PM, said:

I don’t think the school term will end early. It’s only 3 weeks away, that means you expect massive levels of new infections across the whole state in the next two weeks?

I predict about a month before we are at that level. It will be a post-Easter decision.

Dan Andrews has said he is ready to bring in some serious restrictions and changes. He said there might not be much warning.

You could take that to mean anything of course, but closing schools early as a pre-emptive attack was the first thing to enter my mind.

ETA: You may not have seen this, this afternoon:

https://www.theage.c...310-p548p6.html

Edited by born.a.girl, 10 March 2020 - 06:55 PM.


#25 MissBehaving

Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:51 PM

No and TBH I'm quite terrified by the prospect of being stuck in the house for 2 weeks with 2 bored under 5s if the government insists on it.




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