Harlow Coronavirus Action Group: No Return To School Until It Is Safe
Covid-19 / Fri 19th Feb 2021 at 01:25pm
From The Harlow Coronavirus Action Group
HARLOW Coronavius Action Group is having a public online meeting at 6pm on Monday 22nd March.
Boris Johnson will be making an announcement about easing the lockdown on that day and it is expected that he will announce that children should return to school on March 8th.
Of course schools are already open to children of key workers and to vulnerable children. Special schools and nursery/early years provision have not been closed.
It is in this youngest age range that we are seeing evidence of the spread of the virus; Public Health England’s figures for last week show that there were 40 new outbreaks in nurseries, 21 in primary schools, 2 in secondaries and 12 in special schools.
Boris Johnson, himself, when he made an abrupt U turn at the beginning of this term, stated that ‘schools are vectors of transmission’.
The majority of children will not become seriously ill with the virus (although some do) but they can infect members of their families and the wider community in addition to spreading the virus to their classmates and to members of school staff.
We would like to involve more concerned parents, grandparents and others in our campaign for staff and students not to return to schools until it is safe to do so.
The meeting is open to all via the Zoom link.
Our speakers are Sammie McFarland from the group, Long Covid Kids and Alasdair Smith from Parents4Safe Return.
This is an open meeting (Zoom details are on the flyer). Following presentations by the speakers there will be time for questions and discussion.