Parents United Against Unsafe Schools
A STRATEGY for SCHOOLS should be SENSIBLE, SAFE, and SUSTAINABLE
- The UK is engulfed in the second wave of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, with schools open but badly affected, causing massive disruption to education.
- People of all ages act as vectors for the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
- Schools are ideal breeding grounds for aerosol transmission through crowded, enclosed, and poorly ventilated environments.
- Clinically vulnerable children are at increased risk from a virus with unknown long-term effects (eg #LongCOVID).
- Clinically vulnerable adults, either working in schools as teachers or support staff, or in the household bubble of children or adults in school, are also at increased risk.
- The mental health of both children and adults is being compromised by the Government’s draconian approach to attendance by threatening fines.
- SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
- Further waves of SARS-CoV-2 (or other novel viruses) are highly probable given the possibility of reinfection or mutations of SARS-CoV-2.
- We need a “new normal”: blended learning combining a mixture of online and in-person teaching; smaller class sizes; robust and comprehensive funding from Central Government; a focus on children who require more contact time; and a revamp of both the curriculum and examination system until case numbers are very low – a #ZeroCOVID approach.