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Back to School, 25% of my class off this week

Discussion in 'Education news' started by aypi, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. aypi

    aypi Senior commenter

    I dunno why, but on Friday one quarter of my 13 year old class were absent.

    Surely with all the measures in place, the common cold, can't be common.

    Attendance was good in previous weeks.
     
  2. Skippy17

    Skippy17 New commenter

    Eh? Am I missing something? That doesn't seem to make sense.
     
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Where are you teaching?
     
  4. install

    install Star commenter

    You must be in Scotland. Maybe Friday will be the new ‘down tools’ day for students in all UK schools.
     
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Not necessarily, much of the world has schools open to varying degrees.
     
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  6. install

    install Star commenter

    Let’s see what the poster has to say ...
     
  7. aypi

    aypi Senior commenter

    Scotland
     
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    :D
     
  9. install

    install Star commenter

    You can’t beat experience :D

    Scotland it is...;):D:D
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2020
  10. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I thought it might be people taking a long weekend with the bank holiday on Monday, but apparently it's not a holiday in Scotland.
     
  11. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    There are some graphs on the BBC website - there does seem to be a lot of absence, but apparently there's always a bit of a peak as term gets going and everyone shares around the latest germs, and the majority of the absences are not covid related.
     
  12. aypi

    aypi Senior commenter

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  13. bessiesmith2

    bessiesmith2 New commenter

    In my anecdotal experience, attendance is normally very good for the first month. It's when we get into the darker / colder days of Autumn and people (including staff) have got fed up that attendance falls. I wonder how things will fare in England?
     
  14. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    Like freshers flu at Universities. Now thats going to be interesting in a few weeks time
     
  15. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    It does beg the question: if common colds are still circulating as well as usual, will coronavirus not do likewise?
     
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  16. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Of course it will
     
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  17. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Lead commenter

    Maybe. A lot will depend on the similarities and differences between the ways the viruses spread, how long the infectious periods are and so on. Common cold viruses can have aerosol transmission and of course snottiness and sneezing make contact transmission more likely.
     
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