The reopening of schools has led to a huge increase in the number of students affected by covid.
The rate of infection in children aged 10-14 is now higher than in any other age group.
Figures for the week ending September 8 show that rates have risen by more than 50% in all but three areas of Greater Manchester.
Rochdale has the highest increase of 128%, followed by Bolton at 87%.
But the highest rate of infection in Tamside is in children aged 10 to 14, 859 cases per 100,000, followed by 780.3 cases per 100,000 in Stockport.
In Greater Manchester, the infection rate among children aged 10 to 14 increased by 56% to 612.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending September 8.
The figures come as a number of austerity measures have been taken in schools, including bubbles and social distance.
A positive test on a student or staff member will no longer be a time of isolation for all classmates.
Instead, only close contacts are being asked to take a PCR – and stay away from school if they test positive – and it is up to the NHS to test and trace who these contacts are instead of the schools. Are
Although the government says it should remove the barrier on a large scale, union owners say there are already signs that positive issues are once again affecting students.
Peter Middleman, Northwest Regional Secretary of the National Education Union, said: ” Preliminary historical evidence from across the region suggests that the third academic year has already been affected by the isolation of primary and secondary school students after positive tests.
“However, since the government has recently reduced the frequency of their school attendance data to 15 days instead of weekly, we will not have a definitive understanding of the issue until the first data. The set is not released on September 21. The profession, fully compatible with the veil of secrecy, had to deal with the Department of Education in its dealings. “
The NEU and other unions have welcomed this week. Vaccine approval for children 12 to 15 years oldBut many believe it should have happened sooner, and the delay will affect children’s education for another academic year.
Meanwhile, they are calling for the reintroduction of safety measures such as masks and better ventilation to help stem transmission.
On Tuesday, the National Association of Head Teachers reacted to the government’s coveted winter plan, saying it represented another missed opportunity for schools.
“When it comes to making classrooms as safe as possible, the government must act very quickly,” said Paul Whiteman, its secretary general.
“Current plans to introduce CO2 monitors in classrooms by the end of the period are very slow and need to be accelerated. Similarly, plans should be made now to help schools where poor ventilation has been identified.
“If the government is serious about minimizing the disruption to education, it should move the heavens and the earth to make classrooms as secure as possible and reduce the risk of transmission.” This will lead to more and unnecessary interruptions.
Infection rate among children aged 10-14 in each area, week ending September 8, compared to the previous week.
- Roachdale rose to 652.9 from 286.5 last week – an increase of 128%.
- Bolton rose 284.3 – 89 percent to 537.7.
- Trafford is 597.0, an increase of 360.6 to 65%.
- Oldham is up 357.4-62% to 577.8.
- The stock port is 780.3, up 61% from 483.6
- Manchester is 497.4 with an increase of 326.6 – 52%.
- Thameside is 859.0 which is an increase of 51% from 570.3.
- The wagon is 673.7, an increase of 47% from 463.0.
- Salford is 395.0 – up 30% to 511.6.
- Burial 404.9 – 2% increase to 413.0.
A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “Education is a national priority and early indications from the beginning of the term indicate that school attendance is high in both primary and secondary schools in England.
“In-place safety measures strike a balance between making schools safer and reducing barriers. Children no longer need to be isolated if they are in close contact, but we encourage all secondary students to Continue testing twice a day, which will help detect cases of the virus, keep it away from schools.
A Rochdale Council spokesman said: “Our public health team records and manages school cases on a daily basis.
“Schools across Greater Manchester have support packs for educational settings that provide guidance in responding to rising rates of cases. Can be introduced to balance the need. School. “