Hard-core unions say teachers are “unsafe” to tag children’s books because of coronavirus – The Sun


HARD-LINE unions said it was “not safe” for teachers to mark children’s books during the pandemic.

They call on school heads to completely remove labeling during the crisis.

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    The virus can live on paper for varying lengths of time, but government advice is to wash your hands rather than avoid books2
The virus can live on paper for varying lengths of time, but government advice is to wash your hands rather than avoid booksCredit: PA: Press Association

And they want a ban on bringing books from school to children’s homes after school.

All library books should be “regularly disinfected,” say the unions.

And teachers should be asked to wash their hands after handling books, they demanded.

The health and safety requirements are part of a detailed 12-step checklist that they believe should be met before the schools reopen.

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith called the demands “ridiculous.”

He fumed, “It sounds like they are saying that.

“These teachers buy food from stores. There is a greater risk than marking child labor. “

The ministers will make their final decision on the gradual reopening of the schools as scheduled on June 1 when they assess the lockout next Thursday.

Le Soleil understands that schools in parts of England may be allowed to delay their reopening – but only if rates of coronavirus infection have increased locally.

But four unions – NEU, GMB, Unison and Unite – have increased their opposition.

Their 12-step document tells union representatives that they should not accept that schools reopen more fully if every request is met.

And they warn that even if all concerns are addressed, they still expect to oppose plans to gradually reopen schools starting June 1.

The document states: “It seems extremely unlikely at present that national circumstances allow this. “

They demand that teachers be allowed to wear masks and PPE – even though Public Health England says it would generally not be necessary.

And entire schools are expected to close if enrollment declines, the document said.

It makes them think they say that. These teachers buy food from stores. The risk is greater than that which characterizes child labor.

Iain Duncan Smith


Schoolchildren praise online teachers before they can go back to school.

One, Eva, thanked Ms. Sprowell of Ordsall Primary in East Retford, Notts.

Aarav of Rainbow Primary in Bradford drew a portrait of Miss Iqbal.

Aarav said, “Thank you for sending me learning resources so that I can take care of my home in this terrible crisis.” “

Kevin Courtney of NEU defended his 20-page checklist.

He said, “The checklist is detailed because there are so many considerations to take into account in a school situation, especially since we are looking at our youngest children first.

“Parents would expect nothing less. “

Conservative MP Robert Halfon, chairman of the select education committee, said unions should be “also concerned about the risk to several thousand vulnerable children” of not being educated.

Evidence shows that children are not as vulnerable to Covid-19.

The virus can live on paper for varying lengths of time, but government advice is to wash your hands rather than avoid books.

Professor Matthew Snape of the University of Oxford said that “only a very small number of children” fell ill with Covid-19.

He said: “In addition, it appears that children who receive Covid-19 do not become” super spreaders “, unlike what we see in viruses such as the flu. “

    Chef Frances Swallow reorganizes her classroom to provide a coronavirus-safe teaching environment at Marsden Infant and Nursery School near Huddersfield2
Chief Frances Swallow reorganizes her classroom to provide a coronavirus-safe teaching environment at Marsden Infant and Nursery School near HuddersfieldCredit: AFP or licensors


By Oliver Harvey

NOTHING in life can be called “safe” – but is there any evidence that going back to school is safe for children and teachers?

The World Health Organization’s chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, insisted: “There have not been any big outbreaks in schools. “

She added that “children are less able to spread” the virus.

A test in Iceland found none of the 848 children under the age of 10 tested positive.

Cambridge University professor Sir David Spiegelhalter has calculated that the risk of children dying is one in 5.3 million.

There have been conflicting scientific claims about whether children can be important spreaders of the virus.

A recent German study of almost 4,000 coronavirus patients found that “children can be as contagious as adults”. He advised against “the unlimited reopening of schools”.

An Australian study found that nine staff members with coronavirus contacted 735 students. But none had contracted it from children.

A nine-year-old Briton infected in France did not transmit it when he was in contact with more than 170 people.

Initial research in Denmark and Norway shows that the reopening of schools has not triggered a spike in the disease.

British scientists Dr Alasdair Munro and Prof Saul Faust have discovered that children do not appear to be super spreaders. They concluded, “Governments around the world should allow all children to go back to school.”

UCL professor Russell Viner supported them, but with guarantees.

He said: “About 150 children die each year in car accidents in Britain. But parents don’t say, “Never get in a car.” They buy child seats and wear a seat belt. “

Of course, the statistics do not highlight the suffering and the losses felt by each bereaved family.

Yet current science seems overwhelmingly to signal that it is time for the primary classes to return.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said, “We want children to go back to school as soon as possible because the return with their teachers and friends is very important for their education and well-being.”

Reopening schools in 22 European countries has not resulted in a significant increase in coronavirus infections, EU education officials said today.

Blaženka Divjak, Croatian Minister of Education, said: “So far, we have heard nothing negative about the reopening of schools, but it is probably too soon to have any definitive conclusions. “

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We’ve heard everything from teacher unions.

You would think they would be more keen than anyone else to take science into account.

But when government experts or even the WHO contradict their desire to close schools, they ignore it.

Or they eliminate the BMA – as if it represented medical opinion, rather than just being another union on the left.

Their last wheeze, which is part of an absurd record of 12 requests, is to refuse to mark homework in case members catch Covid in a book. The risk is tiny. . . nil, if they take precautions.

Most elementary school children the government wants to return on June 1 receive a minimum of homework anyway. And, as deputy chief physician Jonathan Van-Tam says, they don’t get the disease severely and don’t spread it like they do the flu.

It is impossible to guarantee that teachers will be 100% safe before their return – as with any worker.

There will be a statistically tiny threat as long as this disease persists. Life is full of it. It’s another. Unions cannot request an exemption.

This prolonged outage is already causing immense damage to students, especially the most disadvantaged.

The truth is that unions capitalize on a predominantly middle-class reluctance to return to work because many have lost sight of the real risk.

In all fairness, this reflects the success of the government’s “stay at home” campaign.

But now deaths and infections are steadily declining and the economy is in dire straits, we need to shift gears.

The publication of daily Covid recovery figures will be helpful. Particularly because the total will be several million, against 34,796 dead. However terrible this last figure is, there remains a small fraction of the total.

The same goes for the recent estimate of people now infected: about 148,000 in England, out of a population of 56,000,000. Only one in 400 in Covid, in some areas much less.

The fact that we can now test everyone with symptoms and have 21,000 contact tracers should even lower these numbers.

Teachers, on the other hand, should ask themselves if their unions have lost intrigue.

Forget the hysteria – schools must open next month before children fall further behind


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