Parents and education leaders are hoping that removing the bubbles and isolating them will end the massive disruption to schools.
After months of positive cowardice between classmates or staff, children have now been sent in isolation for 10 days a day.
The rules introduced last year on the rise of the epidemic mean that the L.A. can prevent the spread of the virus. Positive learning through distance means close contact with those in need.
But the government has decided to lift the ban on July 19 and sign isolation rules for everyone except those who test positive from August 16, the same will apply to school children.
“Children are better off in the classroom with their friends and teachers.” Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Commons today, Tuesday, he added: “I don’t think it’s acceptable that children should face more restrictions than society at large, especially since they’re older generations during epidemic diseases. He gave up a lot to keep safe. ”
Eliminating bubbles and loneliness rules is calling on parents and education leaders – not only because it affects children’s education and mental well-being, but also because many families work with their young children. Who are struggling to keep their promises.
Susie Prince, whose youngest daughter Vivian is in her final year of primary school and has been isolated six times, has welcomed the move.
“It’s all about loneliness from ending up like this,” she said. “I worked out that she missed school for more than 60 days at most on the lockdown day.”
Her eldest daughter is in her first year of Ostad High School. Thankfully, she has managed to avoid any isolation, but even if she is recognized as a close contact, she agrees to have daily tests as part of her school’s involvement in clinical trials. If there is, the option to be present on the site is given.
This is what was going on in about 200 schools and colleges from mid-March to the end of June and it was thought that the government would send it to all areas from September.
However, there is no mention of daily scrutiny in the Commons today. Instead, Mr Williamson said close contacts with anyone who tested positive for the code would no longer need to be separated, but would be advised to take a PCR test instead. Only those who test positive will need to stay home.
He added, “My eldest daughter had signed up for a trial in high school where if she approached a positive case, she would take a background flow test every morning when she went to school and If she is negative, she can stay in school. ” From Susie, Furswood, Stratford.
“It looks like a very positive, less disturbing solution.”
Fearing that the effects of missing so many schools could linger for years, she hopes to look into future studies or decide which seats to take in high school in September. She will keep in mind the lost time of her youngest education.
Mother Christy Miller, whose two children – 12-year-old Sophie and 15-year-old Harry – each need to be isolated four times this academic year, is also happy that the rules are being changed.
“Given that my kids have been through a lot of loneliness for a long time, I think it’s a positive step to come up with some way to try to stop the loneliness of the bubbles,” he said.
Christie, who said her children’s school, Middleton Technology School, has followed government guidelines by sending students home, feels her children have been “greatly disturbed” by living in Greater Manchester.
He added: “I’m glad we’ll get back to normal and for my kids, if they’re in close contact in positive matters, they’ll be happy to have a PCR test.”
School leaders are also in support of today’s announcement.
Chris Tomlinson, CEO of the Opt Academies Trust, which owns seven schools and one college in Greater Manchester, said: “This is good news for schools, and hopefully a major milestone in the return to normalcy.
“Of course, schools will still need to eliminate the maximum risk in September. Inspections in schools can be expected to prevent the spread and with the help of communities that are increasing the rate of infection. And we will keep the children in school. By September, you will also hope that all school staff will be fully vaccinated.
“It is important now that the government gives us a clear indication of their plan, especially for the severely affected communities where students have been in and out of school for 18 months.”
It is a stable plan that is now being demanded by unions and health experts as they raise concerns about the government’s immunity from the herd, and many are now warning that the government is moving too soon.
Peter Middleman, Northwest Regional Secretary of the National Education Union, Europe’s largest education union, agrees, saying today’s announcement will leave school staff and leaders with increasing levels of anxiety.
“It is now clear that government policies are linked to the hope that a new form of herd protection strategy will ultimately lead to the collapse of cases simply because there is no survivors of the infection – in the hope that the NHS An immunization program has been provided by S and a prediction can be made, he said, adding that an increase in infection rates in the summer will do their job.
“However, they are gambling on hospital admissions and deaths that are left on the margin suggested by their modeling, that no further variations or variations that survive vaccination are produced and that Defective disease from coyotes and long coyotes is not common among the general population.
“As long as it’s easy to hope for the best,” he says, “the role of ministers should include planning for the worst in these uncertain times.”
“If the government continues to reject suggestions by teachers and school staff to introduce smaller class sizes on the expanded school estate, they should do the least in September to provide CO2 monitors and HEPA air filters. To improve ventilation in schools, Mr. Middleman said, “Planning for large-scale disproportionate screening in schools run by public health officials, and for JCVI to vaccinate middle-aged children. Encourage them to come up with an idea soon, “said Mr. Middleman.
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Another teaching union, the Association of School and College Leaders, is a little more optimistic about the plans and is relieved that positive issues will now be in the hands of NHS tests and traces rather than most education settings.
Acknowledging these changes, “understanding will welcome some concerns,” said General Secretary Jeff Barton: “We must end the educational stalemate that has blurred the lives of children and young people during epidemics and That’s not going to happen. It’s fair for them to continue with the current control of large-scale vaccination of the adult population. “
He said: “Eliminating the bubbles should remove some of the existing barriers to offering children and young people a full timetable of lessons and return school life to something that seems more common, and we Hopefully, the autumn period and its routines will feel more settled and familiar. “
However, he agreed that “we are not completely out of the woods yet” and called on the government to provide more financial support to schools to improve safety measures such as ventilation systems.
Health experts have already done so He expressed concern that nothing could be done about the herd’s immunity. It will put many young people at risk – and increase the chances of a virus change that will eliminate the vaccine.
Dissatisfied with the decision to take control at such a time The rate of infection is still risingHe also said that mitigation measures need to be taken to prevent classroom transfers.
Mother Lisa Diaz supports the idea. She is educating her two children, Alex and Helena, about the epidemic at home because, due to a genetic anemia, she was less confident about the safety measures in place to send her children back to school.
Now a member of the #SafeAdrol group, which is campaigning on behalf of any family with fines for not sending their family back to school, says ending loneliness is not the answer.
“I think the bubble closure is a problem for working parents, but we need to look at why this is happening,” said Lisa from Wagon.
“The bubbles are bursting as the infection rate skyrockets and the coyotes are spreading rapidly in unorganized school populations.
“The LTF tests are unreliable. I know that a child who recently took a positive test for Covid-19 received two negative LFTs before receiving a positive PCR. Had he not been alone, he would have unknowingly spread the virus among his classmates and school staff.
“Eliminating loneliness means getting our heads stuck in the sand and pretending it’s not happening. Reduce the rate of infection, formulate a proper border policy and do so to prevent the spread of schools.” Be reduced. “
They are among those who have previously called for greater attention to harm to healthy children.
“Children are vulnerable to the effects of the long code at rates equal to those of adults,” he said. “First, healthy children are suffering from organ damage and wheelchairs.” The list of long-distance symptoms is endless. We have no idea what we are doing here and are only likely to know about the long-term effects from now on.
“We need a precautionary principle.”
Like clinical epidemiologist Dr. Dipti Gordasani, he says parents should not accept that children will get infected in order to get an education, when it is all about transmission control.
Dr. Nasreen Alwan, an associate professor of public health at the University of Southampton, agreed, and expressed shock at the elimination of measures in schools today.
He tweeted, “Hello world, this is England in the summer of 2021.” The children were not protected in any way by the code. Parents are not offered any ‘personal choice’ to protect their children if they attend public schools. Can you believe it? “
“What is happening in England now is not going to be a good end,” he said, adding: “Let’s look beyond our” bubbles. ” The natural immunity is not experienced. Another way. The way to protect the young who sacrificed a lot to protect the old. The way to humble oneself in the face of the unknown. “
Mr Barton, ASCL’s general secretary, said school and college leaders would certainly have other questions and concerns about the details of the government’s plans. The progression of the virus will need to be closely monitored in the fall and beyond.
“But we are hopeful that the new control system marks an important step towards a better educational experience for children and young people,” he said.