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#16 [Permalink] Posted on 8th September 2020 23:56
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Were the classes /year group in their own bubbles, in other words, did they mix with other children from different year groups?

It sounds like they were, that's why only a few students must be of together with the staff involved. Otherwise, they would have to shut the whole school :(
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#17 [Permalink] Posted on 9th September 2020 00:06
They were in their own bubble so it's only the one class. But it's weird. If the student in the class that was sent home has a sibling in a different year group they can still come to school as they are not in the bubble

'Siblings of children who are staying at home should still attend school because they have not had contact with the case.'

Above is taken from the letter I received. So if Zayd is in year 1 and someone in his class tested positive for Covid then Zayd would go home and need to isolate for 14 days. However his brother Amr who is in year 4 and lives in the same household would need to come to school.
But I'm thinking what if Zayd is infected by his classmate, there's a high chance he can pass it on to Amr who then passes it on to his bubble in year 4?
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#18 [Permalink] Posted on 9th September 2020 10:49
It is a strange situation. My son can only mix with children in his own year group which is about 100 other children!

The oxford vaccine has been found to only protect for a few months. Also ppl who have been infected with Covid and recover are still at risk of getting Covid again and again.

I’d like to add that the tests aren’t 100% reliable. Ppl who have recovered from Covid are still testing positive as the test is Showing positive on dead virus cells.

The test can give positive results even if the person does not have Covid and can test negative if there is no virus. Similar with the antibodies test it has been known to show incorrect readings.

Schools are shutting down where pupils or teachers are testing positive.

Also to bear in mind the tests were made in a very short period of time which is understandable due to the current situation. Normally tests take years to make.
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#19 [Permalink] Posted on 7th October 2020 15:43
We've just been informed that the local school will close a week early in December (which means an extra week will be added in July 2021)


My prediction was that the schools would've closed a week early in October when the government would (possibly) impose a new lockdown for 2 weeks.
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#20 [Permalink] Posted on 7th October 2020 15:49
One parent had their child off from one school for two weeks. This meant the parent would have to stay home with the child and not go to work (if they were working)

Two weeks later, the child returned to school and the parent was told another of their child from another school had to be off for two weeks!

That's 4 weeks for the parent to stay at home with the kids.

The parent is now wondering if after two weeks, will the 3rd child have to stay at home, making it 6 weeks in a row. Or the first child could be off again. And the circle continues :(
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#21 [Permalink] Posted on 8th February 2021 15:12
Just sharing this article for information.



www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/open-our-schools-now/

OPEN OUR SCHOOLS NOW
February 4, 2021 | Comments Offon OPEN OUR SCHOOLS NOW
An AFLDS Issue Brief for Parents, Policymaker and Physicians



STATEMENT OF POSITION
America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) agrees with assessments offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and both the Trump and Biden administrations that K-12 schools should resume in-person instruction. The medical evidence is clear: Less than 1% of teachers and students have been infected in schools that have reopened. Children learn best when they are educated in the physical environment of the classroom. Moreover, the rise in suicides, depression, anxiety, and other mental-health crises in districts across the country makes safe school reopening not only an educational imperative but a medical emergency.



AFLDS condemns the actions by several metropolitan teachers unions to use reopenings as a bargaining chip for step increases in wages or unrelated political goals. Threatening strikes and locking schools down during the pandemic is not a course backed by science. Schoolchildren deserve government officials and public workers that will follow the COVID-19 science and base decisions on the best available evidence. We are recommending that states and localities immediately take steps to provide universal classroom instruction for every family that wants it.



SOUND SCIENCE IS ON THE SIDE OF RETURNING TO THE CLASSROOM
The evidence is very consistent that children are at extremely low risk of becoming seriously ill or dying as a result of COVID-19. According to the AAP and the Children’s Hospital Association, approximately “1.6% of children with a known case of COVID-19 have been hospitalized and 0.01% have died.” Compare these health outcomes to the CDC’s study of the over-25 cohort, in which 16.6% needed hospitalization and 5.0% died. Numbers provided by the Human Mortality Database actually show a drop of approximately 2,000 childhood deaths in 2020 despite the pandemic. And, according to the World Health Organization’s global findings, “in most infections of COVID-19 cases reported in children, infection was acquired at home,” with “most” in-school infections spreading staff to staff.

Schoolchildren participating in classroom instruction this fall have not been a significant source of transmission. In Chicago, where public teachers union members are striking, parochial and secular private schools have been open for months without significant COVID-19 spread.



ENTRENCHED SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE THE CHIEF OBSTACLE TO SAFE REOPENING

The science is unequivocal that open schools pose no undue risk to children, adults, or the community at large. It has been known for many months that children have almost no risk of death from COVID-19 and that they are not a common vector for transmitting the SARS-CoV-2 virus.



Extended remote and hybrid learning is not popular among Americans with school-age children. According to one Gallup poll, school satisfaction dropped 10 percentage points last year. By contrast, in district after district, teachers’ unions have presented themselves as obstacles to necessary reforms, most recently related to the timely reopening of public schools for in-person instruction.



Whether the decision comes through the local school district, city hall or the state legislature, AFLDS recommends giving parents and physicians a greater voice in determining public policy surrounding schools’ response to the pandemic.



SCHOOL CLOSURES HAVE DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD
The increase in depression, opioid abuse, suicide, and other pathologies among our nation’s young people, whose lives have been hijacked, is well-documented. The CDC found mental-health-related emergency department visits among children 18 and younger began rising in April 2020 – the start of general lockdowns in many US states. “Beginning in April 2020, the proportion of children’s mental health–related ED visits among all pediatric ED visits increased and remained elevated through October. Compared with 2019, the proportion of mental health–related visits for children aged 5–11 and 12–17 years increased approximately 24%. and 31%, respectively,” the federal agency observed.

Youth sports – a critical social activity for many children and young people – have been disrupted by the policy responses to COVID-19, magnifying existing behavioral health challenges. In its study “An Overview of the Sport-Related Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children,” the international Centre for Sport and Human Rights found: “The restriction of sports participation may therefore have a detrimental impact to young people’s mental health and well-being, with periods of inactivity; isolation from athletic teams; distance from the athletic community; less qualified interactions with athletic coaches; and lack of social support having been shown to cause emotional distress and psychological disorders in athletes.”

One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 say they’ve “seriously” considered suicide in the past month because of the pandemic, according to CDC figures. Research demonstrates that social isolation and loneliness can make these conditions even worse.



LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF CONTINUED CLOSURES

The CDC is correct in its findings. In-person instruction should resume during the pandemic. The educational and psychological toll on schoolchildren outweighs the (exceedingly small) risks involved.



The long-term consequences of forced school closures are likelier to affect the less privileged, communities of color and other marginalized groups the longer they drag on. These students will fall behind, requiring additional instruction and potentially more mental-health services in already strapped districts. The time for action is now.
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#22 [Permalink] Posted on 8th February 2021 15:31
The above is for the US of course. But here in the UK, if I have an option, I'd send my children. And fortunately, I do and I have.
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#23 [Permalink] Posted on 8th February 2021 19:10
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Late on Friday afternoon, 3 minutes before their deadline expired, the Govt filed with us their defence against our claim. All 58 pages of it.

We will publish the whole thing on the site shortly, but the main story is that we have finally exposed that the whole schools shutdown was a lie. The Govt have admitted that they had no legal basis to close schools, and that they simply 'recommended it'.

This was something we suspected all along. The Govt says it is nonsensical for us to say that schools were closed because they remained open for key workers and there had only been a 'request' that schools should shut their doors to other pupils, yet the PM announced on March 18th that "schools will remain closed until further notice"

This is really quite an extraordinary lie, and one which never would have come out if we hadn't started this Judicial Review

Finally, if you would like to get up to the minute updates, please do feel free to follow me on Twitter (just search simondolan). I can get these out much quicker than the updates on here.

Simon


All case files available on:
www.crowdjustice.com/case/lockdownlegalchallenge/

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My name is Simon, and together with a few other like-minded souls, we are launching a legal challenge against the UK Govt Lockdown.

We believe that the Govt has acted illegally and disproportionately over the COVID 19 lockdown and we are taking action.

By forcing people to stay at home, and forcing businesses to close, they are, we believe, in contravention of basic Human Rights offered under English Law, that of the right to enjoy your property peacefully.
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#24 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd February 2021 01:31
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