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Campaigning for a Sensible, Safe, and Sustainable approach to UK Schools GROUP: https://t.co/CjVpzMA4RW PAGE: https://t.co/yL8coibkDh
27 Jul
Huge well done Rachel Noble - and thank you for everything you do for all our members, and for speaking out on behalf of families with household vulnerability.

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We have also thanks all our wonderful group moderators: they are the unsung heroes of our support community, and the group could not function without all their hard work.
Thank you also to the incredible campaigns, advocates and content creators whose work we have quoted in this article. We would be lost without all of you too.

@VickiGSP @CovidJusticeUK @ByDonkeys @Independent @Emmy_ShieldUsNI @BelTel @ReicherStephen @microlabdoc
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25 Jul
Why haven’t we shared the open letter? Why didn’t we do it earlier? After all we signed and shared the previous @SafeEdForAll open letter, back in February, right?
2 Reasons – Image
1) We take what we do as volunteers very seriously, and therefore consider the content of any document we sign very seriously too.
2) We have some legal and ethical concerns which we raised with @SafeEdForAll and they have unfortunately felt unable to answer.
Our message to @SafeEdForAll –
Hiya! So we've had a read through your open letter, and whilst it’s raising some important issues, we’re a bit worried about a few aspects.
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17 Jul
Today You Gov asked us if companies should hold a political stance...

We ask should a committee, who hold our children's life, health and wellbeing in their hands, during a pandemic, have political biases?
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17 Jul
The MHRA has regulated our medicines and health care products since 2003. For the past 18 year's we have trusted them to regulate our vaccines for all age groups.
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12 Jul
Restriction Lifting Support Post from our group
"We know you are all hurting... and angry. So are we.

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"We are all angry too; but we have to protect our principles, and the safety of the group, all of you lovely members, and our Mod Parents Utd Team. This is scary. For all of us.
"This is somewhere for you all to get together, talk through what is happening to you, and explore how you are affected. It will help you, and it will help us."
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4 Jul
Good morning @GavinWilliamsonit @NickGibb @BorisJohnson @KateGreenSU 25th May the public accounts committee released a report after their session with @educationgovuk
The committee explained that dfe had no plan despite operation cygnus recommendations to "look at the impact of school closures"
Not only is there not a plan. There's no cares for learning about how dfe policy impacted our children and families SO badly.
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29 Jun
The link to Us For Them has now been removed from this article.... but we are #KeepingTheReceipts, and have submitted a complaint

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Our complaint to @BBCNews reads -

Infringement of BBC Editorial Guidelines, Section 14: Independence from External Interests
The BBC Promotes Us For Them Image
This news story included a link to far-right astroturf campaign group Us For Them. This raises considerable concerns given the groups close links with anti-vaccine proponents and anti-lockdown lobbyists. Details of these relationships can be found here: bylinetimes.com/2021/01/21/par…
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27 Jun
"Air cleaners may be useful in clinical spaces to help reduce the risk of healthcare acquired acquisition of respiratory viruses that are transmitted via aerosols." cambridge.org/core/journals/…
"They are easy to deploy and are likely to be cost effective in a variety of healthcare settings"

@sajidjavid @GavinWilliamson @BorisJohnson @NickGibbUK @Keir_Starmer @KateGreenSU

Look at this study on the use of portable HEPA filtration on aerosol spread in this hospital.
This is common knowledge now, if you read the science and medical journals aerosol transmission and how to effectively mitigate it have been known for around a year now.
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5 Jun
These letters have been sent to some home educating parents.

We note the offer of mitigations, we would be interested in which mitigations? And are they going to be standardised?
Do they take into account the spread of Delta in schools and its increased severity and transmission rate?
This is further proof of the soaring deregistration rates due to the failure to provide safe spaces for children to learn in.
Closed, Crowded and Lots of close contact, no masks or ventilation investment. Its a hodge podge of standards, similar to the remote learning provision..
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5 Jun
@GavinWilliamson It is now 449 days since WHO declared the Pandemic.
The public accounts committee found your department had no plan from the start. committees.parliament.uk/committee/127/…
Our childrens education has been thrown into #Covidschoolchaos
With -
*No funding for mitigations to schools with squeezed budgets.
*No where near enough laptop and Internet provision
*Random experimental trials without full consents being gathered.
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5 Jun
Stark differences between US and UK.
Meanwhile we listen to people on public platforms tell us we shouldn't protect children.

And if we are one of those "small percentage"

*radio silence*
or "You are just unlucky"
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4 Jun
“There's been a shift from ignoring the data to suppressing the data” Stephen Reicher on @allthecitizens 3/6

Had Twitter’s tech played ball, we’d have borne witness to obfuscation of schools data over the last 13 months, & the fight for transparency 🧵

After founding our parents Facebook group on 3rd May 2020, our members started telling us about Covid cases in their schools. Their comments were usually followed up by them posting a link to a local newspaper report of the case.

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It was clear members felt this information should be publicised to challenge the “kids don’t get covid” and “schools are magically safe places” narratives dominant at the time.

The maps were born.
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22 Apr
Serial Testing Trial

Here is the letter sent to a parent about the forthcoming experiment in their school.

"Participation in the study is completely voluntary."

Yet non-participants will be used as litmus paper.
#Unethical

@AlisonGeorge10 @Zubhaque @UKRI_News @UKRI_CEO
Such concern for vulnerable family members here.

We call bullshit: if you don't consent, your family can go whistle.

#Unethical
@cv_cev @DmodosCutter
Even those who actively choose NOT TO CONSENT to this trial are being used as #GuineaPigs

Staff too.

#Unethical

@NAHTnews @NASUWT @NEUnion @GMB_Union @unisontheunion
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25 Mar
Big News on Attendance... or is it? 🧵

We are hugely grateful to @LaylaMoran for her response to our evidence submission on attendance fines being imposed on parents with CV/CEV family members, and the off-rolling of some children in these families.

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@LaylaMoran kindly relayed the outcome of her meeting with @NickGibbUK. We are pleased that the Minister stated that Head Teachers do have discretion & agrees that "the more appropriate thing for headteachers to do is to grant a leave of absence for the child" @NAHTnews @ascl
And of course we are pleased to see that @NickGibbUK stated "it was wrong for schools to forcibly deregister or off roll students that weren’t coming to school for CEV/CV relative reasons".

However we - and our members - have still have questions, and some significant concerns.
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14 Feb
Clinicians, academics and experts, students, campaigners, political and public figures, grandparents and parents have all decided to join our call for a sensible, safe and sustainable return to schools.

Add your signature now.
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12 Feb
#𝗙𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗵𝗔𝗶𝗿𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹𝘀

Top scientists, campaigners, politicians and over 500 parents, carers and grandparents have already signed our open letter to the heads of all UK Education Ministries. Read it and add your signature here.

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@hughes_eilir @mishwoz @jljcolorado @j_g_allen Thank you for everything you are doing to help raise the profile of airborne transmission and the importance of mitigations.
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28 Jan
In the discussions around schools safety, parental choice is being ignored. Parents who feel their children shouldn't have to be exposed to the virus were literally issued penalty notices,...
Offrolled (forced to deregister and lose any school support) and in some cases referred to social services and for prosecution.
The majority of these families have a clinically vulnerable household member. They were ignored and treated as though the pandemic didn't exist.
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25 Jan
Our campaign team is working tirelessly to #MakeSchoolsSafe and #ProtectOurCommunities
We provide -

* practical and emotional support to the members of our 23,000 strong Facebook group of parents and carers of school age children
* up-to-date, accurate information on current affairs and scientific developments which impact on safety in schools, through our social media channels
* educational support to members of Ed2 Learning Support Community
* liason with legal experts who are supporting ourselves and families in taking legal action against the Department for Education
* a website which includes campaign information, support resources and news articles - including those written by ourselves
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23 Jan
This open letter created a false dichotomy in the schools debate, pitting MH against safety. Thread..

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@theAliceRoberts @MaryBoustedNEU @ReicherStephen @SusanMichie @alansteinoxford
We are saddened that the signatories of the letter do not appear to have channelled their energy into encouraging innovation in distance learning and support which could serve to bolster children's mental health in order to limit some of harms caused by isolation.
That the potential for the Internet to be used as a "fantastic communications tool" and provide "a creative and visual style of learning" affording "a positive and interactive experience" as identified by @ProfTanya in the Byron Review has not been celebrated is a travesty.
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