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"School could reopen on weeks"

Discussion in 'Education news' started by ridleyrumpus, Apr 10, 2020.

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    Love this story.

    It’s amazing what humanity can do. Here we have a 99year old man and his zimmer frame raising money by walking up and down his garden:

    ‘A 99-year-old veteran has raised more than £5m for the NHS by walking around his garden.

    Captain Tom Moore had originally hoped to raise £1,000 by walking 100 lengths of his 25-metre garden in Bedfordshire - now he's reached more than 5,000 times his target in just a week.

    More than a quarter of million people have donated and at one point more than 90,000 were on his page at the same time.

    His aim was to complete it before he turns 100 on 30 April - but he is currently on track to finish by Thursday.

    Captain Moore's Twitter account posted on Wednesday: "5 MILLION! Huge thank you to .@JustGiving who had over 90,000 people on Tom's page at one time, and had to try ensure that the site didn't crash. WOW - just speechless." ‘
  2. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse Occasional commenter

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    Thank you @caterpillartobutterfly
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    Sadly, another young death due to the virus. Very tragic indeed:

    ‘ The baby of a "highly valued and loved" nurse has been delivered successfully after she died from Covid-19.

    Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, had worked for five years at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, where she died on Sunday.

    A hospital trust spokeswoman said the nurse's "child was doing very well" but could give no further information.

    Ms Agyapong was admitted to hospital on 7 April, having tested positive for Covid-19 two days previously.

    David Carter, chief executive of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said she was a "fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for in this trust".

    "Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mary's family and friends at this sad time," he said.

    Ms Agyapong's husband is currently self-isolating and has been tested for Covid-19.

    Colleagues have paid tribute to Ms Agyapong, who also went by her married name Mary Boateng, on a fundraising page set up to support her family.

    One former colleague said Ms Agyapong had "devoted her life to the NHS as a nurse". ‘
  5. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse Occasional commenter

    It’s not clear if she was isolating. Being pregnant, she should have been.

    I see her husband is now self isolating. Did he get it off, of give it to her? Was he self-isolating before?

    This just underlined that at-risk groups need extra protection, and should not just be thrown in the mix with everyone else.
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  6. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse Occasional commenter

    Numerous news stories about schools on the continent reopening.

    Norway, Denmark, Austria, and now Germany.

    Im not sure if anyone noticed a little detail. Germany are reopening on May 4th. But they’ve also noticed they play to end social distancing on the same date, though that’s subject to review.

    Presumably schools there will plan to reopen without social distancing. But what if the government say it’s to be kept in place?
  7. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    Someone on Radio 5 this morning calling from Denmark.
    It seems they are letting the youngest children back.

    The classrooms used by the older ones (who are still out), are being used to split classes into groups of no more than 10 children per room.

    Hand washing every 30 mins.
  8. Sally006

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    Interesting to know thanks but I can’t see how that would work over here! By younger are these KS1 children? Furniture in KS2 wouldn’t be right nor the environment especially for EYFS. To me it would be easier to get the older ones back in. Better chance of them social distancing. Also a planning and delivering nightmare I should think. Wonder what is being planned behind closed doors - if anything?

    ACOYEAR8 Senior commenter

    If we know or believe that children and young people are less likely to succumb to the worst symptoms of CV, why aren't we investigating what in their biological make-up gives them this immunity ? and then trying to replicate it ? Or maybe we are ????
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    Good to see over here in the UK they are extending the lockdown to another 3 weeks. A wise decision imho. And schools not opening for fully or for healthy employees just under the age of 40 as some had thought.
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  13. SteveWoodhouse

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    Ah, many thanks. This is what I I’ve been wondering.

    10 per room is exactly the number I had.
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  14. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Senior commenter

    We're gonna need a bigger room.
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  15. SteveWoodhouse

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    So what happens to the other classes?

    Moving to secondary for a moment, I could see a situation in the UK where Years 7 & 8 return, the rationale being that years 9-13 are old enough to not require babysitters.

    Meanwhile in Germany their version of Year 6 (last year primary) are returning first, as they have exams coming up.
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    I don’t see any age discrimination going on even with healthy school employees in the uk system when it gets to an exit strategy. I think Phase 1 will continue to be a School Support Rota for all healthy staff in all schools imho - but with gradually increasing numbers of healthy children. Not by Year Group - but by whether their healthy parents/guardians are going back to work in the frontline.

    The numbers of healthy children to be ‘child minded’ by schools will be key. Too high - it’s too risky. It has to be a gradual process. Health and stopping the spread will also continue to be more important than classroom teaching. Indeed distant home learning will go on for some time.

    The Govt will have a percentage of healthy children / workers going back in mind. And very very gradually up that. However , they do not want to flood the NHS should the virus spread further, so it will take lots of time imho.Either way - better safe than sorry. We don’t want more Coronavirus deaths no matter how small that number is.
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    Yes, saw that too. Once again:

    “And we asked for the government’s latest evidence concerning the groups of people who are most vulnerable to fatal or life-changing consequences as a result of the virus, for example those who live in crowded accommodation, those with different comorbidities and those from diverse ethnic groups, ages and sexes.

    We made clear we thought reopening schools before these questions could be answered satisfactorily would be foolhardy. The only sensible line to take – the NEU’s line – is that schools and colleges should only reopen when it is as safe as possible to do so.”

    Very clear.
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  19. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse Occasional commenter

    It’s not age discrimination to protect the vulnerable.
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