- Head teachers and local authorities across England have canceled gatherings
- School leaders cite high infection levels and staff shortages as fueling the move
- Nearly one in 10 students has been infected this month and only 15% have been vaccinated
Hundreds of schools across England are canceling assemblies as Covid continues to rip through classes.
Primary and secondary in Wiltshire and Staffordshire have already abolished them entirely under orders from their local councils.
Headmasters in regions have also been advised to roll back other restrictions such as mandatory face masks indoors and staggered break times.
But elsewhere in the country, schools are starting to take matters into their own hands to clamp down on the growing infection.
Thurston Community College in Essex yesterday became the latest to deviate from official guidance, canceling assemblies and mandating face coverings.
Similar reports have been found in schools in Oxfordshire, Hereford, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Suffolk.
Scotland – which has taken a more cautious approach – advises that gatherings and other large gatherings should be avoided. Secondary school students should wear masks indoors.
It comes as official estimates suggest that nearly one in 10 secondary school pupils in England is carrying Covid.
Education bosses have attributed the rising rates to a slow vaccine rollout among children, who have so far lagged behind only 3 per cent of 12- to 15-year-olds against Covid in areas.
But many parents are reluctant to vaccinate their child because the risk/benefit ratio is more finely balanced than in adults.
Official data showed that a record 111,000 pupils dropped out of school last week because they tested positive for Covid. The number of young people absent from being infected has doubled since mid-September, as the coronavirus continues to rip through classes
North and South divided. Scotland is moving ahead with giving the first dose of the Covid vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds compared to England. All 10 of the best performing regions were north of the border with England hosting the bottom 10, most of which are in London.
The government has been criticized for its slow rollout of the Kovid vaccine for children, but the latest figures show that the scheme is having mixed success across the country.
Headmasters in England and Wiltshire and Staffordshire councils have asked teachers to call off assemblies and other events where entire schools gather
Health Secretary Sajid Javid revealed yesterday that children will be able to book their vaccines online next week to protect as many young people as possible.
There is a small in 10,000 risk of myocarditis – an extremely rare form of heart inflammation that is not necessarily serious – in children after two doses of a Covid vaccine.
It is slightly more prevalent in boys and doctors say that most cases can be treated. But the long-term effects of this condition are not yet fully understood.
On the other hand, the risk of a healthy baby with Covid being admitted to the ICU is around one in 500,000. However, some studies have suggested that covid infection itself is more likely to cause myocarditis, which further complicates the issue.
Data from the Education Department shows that 2.6 percent of students – more than 200,000 children, the equivalent of 8,000 classes – were out of school due to the coronavirus last week, with 111,000 testing positive.
And 1.8 percent of teachers and school leaders were absent because of the virus.
A record 111,000 pupils dropped out of school with covid last week – double the previous month’s figure
Official figures revealed yesterday that a record 111,000 pupils dropped out of school last week because they tested positive for Covid.
The number of young people absent from being infected has doubled since mid-September, as the coronavirus continues to rip through classes.
In total, more than 200,000 children – or 2.6 per cent of students – were absent from school in England last week because of Covid, data from the Education Department showed.
This comes as Sajid Javid revealed today that kids will be able to book their vaccines online next week as part of the half-hearted Jabbing Blitz.
No10 is doing its best to boost vaccination rates among youth, with only one in thirty children aged 12-15 in some parts of the country being prevented.
James Bowen of the headmaster’s union NAHT said the increase in teachers catching Covid – in many cases from pupils – was causing disruption to classes.
“If the government does not act now, there is a clear and clear risk that the disruption to education will only get worse as winter approaches,” he said.
‘Closed contact isolation rules should be changed so that people whose siblings have tested positive for Covid do not continue to attend school and infect others.’
The Liberal Democrats reported that the number of students absent now for Covid-related reasons would fill ‘8,000 classrooms’.
Party health spokeswoman Munira Wilson said: ‘The government should immediately vaccinate children between the ages of 12 and 16 during half-baked recess.
“Schools have been given the impossible task of keeping children in the classroom as well as dealing with rising Covid rates.
‘As a result, thousands of children are now deprived of vital education.’
Chelston Academy in Derby closed assemblies and said last week a ‘significant number of teaching staff’ had been laid off due to Covid-related reasons for some years to learn from home. I informed of.
The heads of Marlbrook Primary School in Hereford have also decided to cancel assemblies and allow children to socialize with other year groups when outside.
Meanwhile, Hearts and Essex High School in Hertfordshire and Thurston Community College in Suffolk are holding online assemblies to avoid school-wide gatherings.
Even in a primary school in Oxford…