Health & Fitness Headteachers ‘worried’ about rest of autumn term as more than one in 10 pupils off with Covid at some schools
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have said they are “worried” about the rest of the autumn term after some schools reported having more than one in 10 pupils not in class due to Covid.
Data from Public Health England already suggests that.
With about i it was worried that “attendance may further unravel as the autumn term progresses”., the Association of School and College Leaders told
Geoff Barton, ASCL’s general secretary, said: “We are hearing of schools with high levels of pupil absence because of coronavirus infections with some reports of 10 per cent or more of pupils out of school.
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“The impact is exacerbated by staff members also catching Covid even though the vast majority will have been vaccinated. All of this is hugely disruptive and worrying.”
In Cumbria,that children will have to self-isolate at home if their sibling tests positive for coronavirus, as the local authority stepped up up measures to tackle soaring cases in the county.
Rates of Covid among 12-to 18-year-olds are 1,431 per 100,000 people – double the already rate of 756 for teenagers across England. Among 5 to 11-year-olds in Cumbria it is 1,106 per 100,000. Cases among all age groups are rising faster in the county than anywhere else in England.
Self-isolation rules for households were relaxed in August, with anyone living with someone who tests positive for covid not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated or are under 18.
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But Cumbria County Council’s director of public health, Colin Cox, said the authority had to increase restrictions to stem the rise in transmission.
Siblings of children who test positive will also have to take a PCR test three to five days after that first case, before returning to school if they are negative.
Mr Cox said: “We’re issuing this new guidance in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19 amongst school-age children and allow time for the 12-15 vaccine rollout to take effect.”
Paul Whiteman, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said that school leaders feared that the season was against them.
“In many ways, schools are finding it every bit as challenging this term as they were this time last year,” he said.
“There’s a worry about worse to come as the weather becomes colder and wetter. School leaders are definitely going to be worried about enough of their workforce staying healthy to maintain the quality of education.”
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He added: “There’s definitely already some significant issues arising at a local level with pupil attendance.”
The Government said the rollout of the vaccine to this age group was “a significant step in building the walls of protection from the virus across society” which would help “minimise” disruption to education.
Mr Barton said that while heads were “hopeful” about the programme, ministers should back it up with “a public information campaign to encourage twice-weekly home testing among pupils in the appropriate age groups, invest in ventilation systems in schools and colleges, and make sure the NHS Test and Trace system is operating as intended”.
He said that heads did “not yet have an indication of the take-up of vaccinations among 12 to 15-year-olds”, but said that survey data suggested around 86 per cent of families were likely to vaccinate their child.
“We sincerely hope the,” he added.
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