Whichever way you spin it, a BIG BANG return to FULL opening of ALL English schools on a single day is INSANE!
Mixing 10M children w/ all the staff that it will entail, with current disease prevalence & more transmissible variants is a sure fire way to INCREASE TRANSMISSION!1/8
As cases rise, WHICH THEY WILL, it’ll be impossible to know which age ranges are responsible quickly & change course without causing absolute havoc to the education of the children & to the lives of their working & non-working parents. 2/
And of course, that’s not even considering the effect on the individuals who may needlessly become seriously ill w/ #COVID19, get #LongCovid or sadly die.
On so many levels, a phased return is needed...NO....
IS ESSENTIAL to allow careful monitoring & a chance to change tack. 3/
I keep shaking my head....I do not understand....this “PLAN” is a nonsense in public health terms.
And w/ inadequate border controls, flawed #TestTraceIsolateSupport, a failure to mandate #aerosol transmission mitigations etc.....this has a million to one chance of success. 4/
Why could the PM have not shown enough humility to agree w/ union & @labour requests (& more) to give 1 dose of vaccine to all the staff in schools (& early years settings) before 8th Mar?
Even if he doesn’t care about them as people, it would at least reduce staff absences. 5/
What does the #PrimeMinister NOT UNDERSTAND?
Has he not asked himself “Why are Scotland, NI & Wales all adopting a phased return?”
Is the pressure from the #CRG, #UsForThem et al unbearable?
How did the CMO & CSA agree to yet more carnage? 6/
We’re going to need more than “A FAIR WIND IN OUR SAILS” for this PLAN to take us to better shores w/out a few capsizes & shark attacks along the way! #COVIDisAirborne #MasksSaveLives #VentilationMatters #SafeSpacesToLearn #SafeEdForAll #BritishExceptionalism #HumanGuineapigs 7/

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24 Feb
Mr Tice, are you aware that #COVIDisAirborne ?

Have you heard about the #B117 #covidvariant which is much more transmissible & a bit more “lethal”.

Do you realise, & accept, what will happen when classes are packed full of children again in a couple of weeks? 1/7
No children & very few staff or parents of school age children will be vaccinated by 8th March.

Do you understand what that means? Because your repeated rantings about masks are very ignorant & dangerous.

Is that your intention? 2/
Do you feel comfortable knowing that trying to stop children wearing masks at school will directly lead to more #COVID19 in pupils, teachers, parents & family members, ESPECIALLY if they are clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable?

Are you ok with that? 3/
Read 7 tweets
23 Feb
Dear @susannareid100 & @piersmorgan
In advance of your program tomorrow I wonder if I could ask for your help?
If any celebrity duo can make this happen, it is you two!
The ROAD MAP is here & there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
There are many positives in the #PrimeMinister’s cautious approach but the BIG BANG opening of English schools on 8th March with very few added mitigations is reckless & irresponsible, risking everything we have collectively achieved so far.
We all know that schools & early years settings are risky places to work in. Whatever the stats tell us about teachers en masse, I feel that for individual staff, being forced to work in crowded, poorly ventilated rooms w/ many others protected by little #PPE , is a VERY BIG ASK!
Read 10 tweets
22 Feb
I’m particularly upset today that teaching & nursery staff haven’t been prioritised for vaccination.
I really don’t care what stats have been thrown at us claiming they’re not at ⬆️ risk of serious #COVID19 outcomes as a group.
They’ve been treated with utter contempt! 1/7
We expect them to teach & care for our children, our most precious family members.

And we expect them to do it WITHOUT #PPE in conditions most of us would run away from - crowded, poorly ventilated rooms, mixing w/ MULTIPLE households every day.
Imagine expecting high rise window cleaners to work without safety ropes.
Imagine builders being told “sorry chaps, no hard hats or steel capped boots today”.
I’ll say again.... think #Chernobyl, the men sent on to the roof to kick the radioactive rubble off the reactor.
Read 8 tweets
21 Feb
One of the most bizarre & troubling bits of the #ReopeningSchools saga is that @educationgovuk & @BorisJohnson have ignored every single plea from teachers, early years staff, pupils & their families to #MakeSchoolsSafe & wasted all the months they have had to do so. 1/14 🧵
2)They’ve turned their backs on plentiful advice from #SAGE, @IndependentSage & @NEU.
Even @CMO_England has made his reservations as clear as he can from a rather difficult position.
But they’ve put their collective fingers in their ears & metaphorically said “La La La La”!
3) @GavinWilliamson & @halfon4harlowMP CLAIM the motivation for a speedy full opening of all school & early years facilities is the WELFARE OF CHILDREN!
They repeatedly cite educational, emotional, social & psychological needs.
Read 14 tweets
20 Feb
You are right....
History will not look kindly on this time at all.
No one actually thinks #Lockdowns are a good thing & certainly none of us want #schools to remain partially open for any longer than necessary @n_plowman .
Lockdowns act purely as an emergency break.....
.....to ⬇️transmission/cases & prevent healthcare systems collapsing.
We all saw what followed the Nov MOCK-DOWN during which schools remained open.
The dogged refusal of some to contemplate MITIGATION WITHIN schools has been part of the problem.
If there is a continued push for full opening WITHOUT effective MITIGATION for an #airborne virus, community transmission will ⬆️ again & another surge will follow.

Every single one of us wants to see schools to fully open again, but the plans must be SAFE & SUSTAINABLE.
Read 5 tweets
20 Feb
This is plea to all Headteachers regarding the imminent full opening of UK schools.

If we remove from the debate HOW MUCH children transmit/spread #coronavirus WITHIN schools, we all accept that they do spread it to a greater or lesser degree.
Children do not exist in isolation!
Every day they mix with their families & friends & during the school day they mix with many teachers & staff.

So the word BUBBLE in the school context is UTTER NONSENSE! 2/
The government & #DfE have rejected virtually every mitigation proposed by #SAGE, @IndependentSage & @neu & we’re told the @CMO_England is v uneasy about a BIG BANG reopening.

You don’t have to be a scientist or medic to understand this re risk in various settings👇🏼.
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