Children’s campaign group slams ‘despicable’ UK secondary school over letter telling parents that pupils who arrive without a mask will have to buy one or face being hauled out of lessons – branding it ‘child abuse’

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  • The unnamed British school wrote a letter outlining the ‘non-negotiable’ approach to masks, telling parents that children would face a day in isolation for forgetting them.
  • Children’s campaign group UsforThem called strict rules ‘disgusting’
  • Currently, schools can use the guidance of their local authority to decide whether to wear masks in communal areas
  • Some schools in England are already returning home by Christmas in an attempt to ‘head off’ the Covid crisis

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A campaign group for children’s rights in the COVID crisis has slammed a British secondary school as ‘demeaning’, as it told parents that children must buy a mask or ‘individual’ if they arrive without one. separation will have to be faced.

UsforThem shared a strongly worded letter to unidentified school parents outlining the intolerable approach to students coming to school without masks.

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Posting the letter on Twitter, UsforThem said that the ‘non-negotiable’ approach, which involves removing children from lessons throughout the day if they repeatedly forget their mask, amounted to ‘child abuse’.

Schools can currently decide, based on guidance from the local authority, whether masks should be worn in communal areas such as classrooms and corridors.

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This week, it was revealed that some schools in England are starting to close again as headmasters install their own ‘circuit breakers’.

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Schools are asked to listen to the guidance of local authorities and then make a decision on wearing masks; Children’s campaign group Us for Them shared a letter, sent this month by a secondary school to parents, describing the ‘non-negotiable’ approach to wearing masks.

The letter, which has been questioned by some because it references the wrong date, tells parents that students who forget their masks should donate to get one, and that if they do it on multiple occasions. If so, they will be removed from the class.

The letter, which has been questioned by some because it references the wrong date, tells parents that students who forget their masks should donate to get one, and that if they do it on multiple occasions. If so, they will be removed from the class.

The group wrote: We’ve seen some disturbing things since its launch 18 months ago, but this could be No. This is a disgusting way of treating children and now it is time to call it ~ child abuse.’

The letter to parents, sent this month, outlines a plan to remove students without masks from classes from Monday 23 November, saying: ‘If students come to school without masks, we will issue them a We do.

‘Unfortunately we can’t give them away for free. To receive an emergency mask, we expect a donation to Young Minds (a mental health charity) at the gate.’

The letter continues: ‘For students who constantly forget their mask, there will be no option to buy another. Instead they will be kept in internal isolation for the day and every day they will forget their mask.

A Twitter user replied to the letter saying: ‘Why are parents allowing this to happen? The longer a parent enables this behavior, the longer it will last. just say no. You can bet whoever wrote this isn’t masked for 8 hours a day, that’s for sure.

Another added: ‘I want to see how they will deal with isolating every child if they all come without masks. I think they all have to be in different rooms.

However, some praised the rule for its firm approach, with one person writing: ‘Wow. The school has rules which it clearly sets. Shock! Also your comparison with child abuse is a sordid false equivalence that dilutes the real suffering that many children endure.’

Fearing a Covid crisis ahead of Christmas, some schools in England are closing again as head teachers install their own ‘circuit breakers’ and send children home to learn how to deal with Covid ahead of Christmas Huh.

St Mary's Church of England Primary in Credenhill, Hereford closed for a week yesterday despite implementing a deep cleaning system, increased hand washing and hygiene, mandatory PPE, different year groups and staggered playtime and lunch

St Mary’s Church of England Primary in Credenhill, Hereford closed for a week yesterday despite implementing a deep cleaning system, increased hand washing and hygiene, mandatory PPE, different year groups and staggered playtime and lunch

Campaigners have warned that more schools could follow this winter and St Mary’s Church of England Primary in Hereford and Darwin Aldridge Enterprise Studios in Lancashire announced they would remain closed for at least a week amid a surge in COVID cases. are closing.

Arabella Skinner of parent group UsForThem, which in March last year fought to get kids back in classes after they were first ordered to close, told The Telegraph: ‘As the past year’s experience shows , these isolated cases of school closures do not remain. apart for a long time.

‘The worry is we will see more examples of this before Christmas. For how long will we ask our children to remain second-class citizens?’

St Mary’s Church of England Primary in Credenhill closed for a week yesterday – despite implementing a deep cleaning regime, increased hand-washing and hygiene, mandatory PPE, separate year groups and staggered playtime and lunches.

Darwin Aldridge Enterprise Studios, a secondary school in Lancashire that caters to pupils aged 13 to 19, has also told families that their children will be 'in light of the number of cases and advice given' until at least next Thursday. ' Will be learning from afar.

Darwin Aldridge Enterprise Studios, a secondary school in Lancashire that caters to pupils aged 13 to 19, has also told families that their children will be ‘in light of the number of cases and advice given’ until at least next Thursday. ‘ Will be learning from afar.

Head teacher Bernadette Davis wrote to explain to families that ‘the purpose of this break is to act as a ‘circuit breaker’ and to stop the transmission of COVID-19 throughout the school.

Darwin Aldridge Enterprise Studio, a secondary school that caters to students aged 13 to 19, has also told families that their children will be away ‘in light of the number of cases and advice given’ until at least next Thursday. Will be learning from

Current guidance from the Department of Education states that schools may impose ‘short-term attendance restrictions’ in ‘excessive cases’, and as a last resort where all other risk mitigation has not broken the chain of transmission at the school.

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