Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020
News Every Day |

740 schools forced to send kids home over coronavirus testing shambles, teachers warned

A STAGGERING 740 schools have been forced to send kids home because of the coronavirus testing shambles, teachers warned today.

Tens of thousands of children across England are stuck in their bedrooms self-isolating because of the dire shortage of swabs.

Kids have returned to schools but many are isolating after feared cases
AFP or licensors
Thousands of pupils are isolating over being unable to get tested[/caption]

Furious headteachers warned youngsters are being plunged into a second “lockdown by default” because of the crisis.

They have written to Boris Johnson to demand he personally sort out the mess.

While frantic parents say they have been unable to get a test for their offspring, despite spending all day refreshing the website.

The bosses of headteachers unions ASCL and NAHT warned the great return to schools is being put at “significant risk”.

In a letter to the PM, they said they are “frustrated” at the testing disaster, which is already seeing entire year groups booted out of class.

They wrote: “But this frustration is overshadowed by a deep sense of foreboding about the potential for the system to become ever-more riddled with delays as more cases emerge.

“This would be increasingly disruptive to children’s education and make staffing unsustainable.

“Our purpose in writing is to implore you to personally take charge of this situation in the interests of keeping our schools and colleges open, and protecting pupils and staff.”

Geoff Barton, head of the ASCL, said families are being let down by Downing Street.

He fumed: “This will feel like lockdown by default – it will be more frustrating for parents because you can’t predict whether it is going to happen.”

The union was flooded with 276 emails from heads about Covid testing.

A staggering 96 per cent of them said they had problems getting the vital swabs.

Steve Chalke, head of the Oasis Academies Trust chain, said he has been told 740 schools in England have been shut or sent kids home because of suspected Covid outbreaks – around three per cent of the total.

In some schools this includes several year groups being banished from the classroom.

Some 110 schools in Greater Manchester alone have sent pupils home.

Writing for The Sun Mr Chalke said that 12 teachers in Waterloo are off due to just one member of staff having symptoms and demanded regular testing for pupils onsite.

He said today: “These are kids who have a mountain to climb after the schools shutdown – they have lost confidence.

“And now, just days after schools reopened they are being sent home again for two weeks.

“The Prime Minister says we have a moral duty to get all kids back to school, but sending them back is not the same thing as staying in school.”

A staggering 74 per cent of parents who needed a Covid test for their kid in the past fortnight said they struggled to get one, a snap poll from Netmums found.

refer to caption.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland suggested kids and teachers could get priority testing[/caption]
Getty Images - Getty
Queues stretch along the pavement at a walk-in Covid-19 testing centre in London[/caption]
Getty Images - Getty
The Department Of Health has appealed to Britain’s biomedical sector for 400 further laboratory technicians[/caption]
London News Pictures
A staff member prepares to administer a test to a driver in their car at the Covid-19 testing centre outside Watford General Hospital [/caption]
PA:Press Association
People queue for tests in Southampton[/caption]

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said this morning kids should not get tested for coronavirus unless they have symptoms themselves – not just because one of their classmates may have it.

Grilled on the testings fiasco by MPs, he said: “To emphasise, people only with symptoms are the ones that should be actually doing the testing.

“So, if a child and their contacts have been sent home, it’s not that all those children that are sent home should be getting testing.

“It is only the child that is displaying symptoms as against the whole cohort.”

He refused to promise all pupils who need one will get a Covid test within 48 hours.

A Downing Street spokesperson said today: “Our capacity is the highest its ever been.

“We have obviously seen an increase in demand for tests. Over a million tests continue to be processed every week.

“We will continue to work to increase capacity as we have done throughout the pandemic.”

All schools have got 10 testings kits for use in emergencies, but pupils and teachers are sent home and told to get a home swab if at all possible.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland admitted this morning the Government was facing “real challenges” on testing, and suggested that school kids and their parents could be put at the front of the queue for priority testing, after NHS and social care workers.

The Prime Minister faced MPs today as the Government was drawing up a list setting out who will be at the front of the queue for coronavirus tests after a “colossal spike” in demand.

He said a new “action plan” this week would involve tougher rules on the movement of workers between care homes.

The PM said this lunchtime: “We are working very fast to turn around all the test requests that we get.

“I think most people looking at the record of this country in delivering tests across this nation will see that it actually compares extremely well with any other European country.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the surge in demand for tests when schools returned was “entirely predictable”.

He added: “This is causing real distress for families and schools as well.

“It needs to be fixed and fixed urgently.”

The Department for Education did not deny 740 schools have been hit by suspected Covid outbreaks.

They said testing is being ramped up urgently.



Read also

UFC legend Michael Bisping blasts ’embarrassing’ video of Ryan Garcia confronting YouTuber Jake Paul with fight contract

Saudi Arabia: Umrah Pilgrimage To Be Restored In Phases

Nvidia Has Explained What Happened With The RTX 3080’s Launch, And How They’re Fixing It



News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro




Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here