COVID-19: Parents of secondary school and college students urged to ensure their children test regularly and get vaccinated | UK News

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The Minister of Education and the Minister of Health have written to parents of high school and college students, urging them to ensure that their children are regularly tested and also encouraging them to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus.

The message comes from Nadim Al-Zahawi and Sajid Javid afterwards Official estimates indicate that there are about 270,000 secondary school students He was COVID-19 In the week ending October 2nd.

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This has led some education unions to demand the reintroduction of additional safety measures in schools.

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“We know that students have lost a lot of time at school and university since the pandemic began, and that there is no substitute for face-to-face learning,” the ministers said in their letter.

“So keeping students in the classroom in the coming months is a government priority, both for their immediate and long-term well-being.

“We know that some of you will be concerned about the health risks to the young people you care for.

“We want to reassure you that the evidence shows that young people remain at very low risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19.

“However, we need to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Young people who get sick will need to miss school or college, and may pass it on to others. That is why we encourage all of you to support your children in getting vaccinated and continuing to get tested regularly.

“This will help detect cases early, reduce their spread, and keep students in education.”

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that around 1 in 15 children in school years 7 to 11 in England were estimated to have contracted COVID-19 in the week ending 2 October.

This is amazing It was the highest positivity rate for any age group and higher than one in 20 during the previous seven-day period.

With about four million children aged 11 to 16 in England, one in 15 equates to about 270,000 positive tests, said Kevin McConway, professor emeritus of applied statistics at the Open University.

Five education unions wrote last week to the education minister, asking him to consider bringing back stricter safety measures for schools.

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GMB, Unite, Unison, the National Education Union (NEU) and the teaching union NASUWT said they are also writing to local authorities and public health directors.

Kevin Courtney, joint secretary general of the new university, said: “We are concerned that the government is standing idly by while COVID cases are increasing across schools.

“There is clearly more that needs to be done, and sooner rather than later, to prevent further massive disruption to children’s education, due to children becoming infected with COVID-19 or the absence of COVID-related staff.”

Jim Kennedy, the National Officer in the Education Unit, called on Mr. Zahawi to “reset the safety agenda for schools.”

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With winter approaching, he said, “a full range of measures must be in place to keep school children safe – as this requires the high level of infections in schools.”

NASUWT said schools need more support with on-site testing, “rather than relying on home testing, which is less effective,” and called on the government to consider re-conditioning pupils who come into contact with a positive case to self-isolate. .

Avril Chambers, GMB’s national official, said the latest figures show “it is clear that further mitigating measures are needed immediately” in order to avoid further disruption to education.

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