All primary children back to school as they are not at risk and should not be quarantined

The primary children are not at risk You don’t keep healthy children at home for winter vomiting bug or flu etc so why keep them at home for a mild illness like corona virus. You could suggest they keep their distance from obese , older relatives with diabetes hypertension or chest issues. They should be doing that anyway

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Time someone stood up against the hysteria gripping our country. Covid is a mild disease which only affects the old or immune compromised individuals. Our hospitals and ICU are empty. It’s not a problem if we get a spike as we have lots of oxygen facilities We should all get back to normal. Most of us will get a mild - zero infection milder than a severe flu and our economy will get back to normal Are we going to do this ever time we get a bug ?? Excess mortality in 2017-1018 was in region of 50,000 We didn’t close everything. You shouldn’t be quarantining the well Why don’t you quarantine the sick !!!

by POR on May 05, 2020 at 02:56PM

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  • Posted by Niamhsmummy83 May 05, 2020 at 15:06

    I agree 100% this carries on much longer the issues we see will be so much worse than this virus
  • Posted by Euan May 05, 2020 at 15:09

    Dangerous nonsense from start to finish
  • Posted by irco May 05, 2020 at 15:09

    Covid-19 can not be categorized as a mild disease, as the evidence shows.
  • Posted by Boblidd May 05, 2020 at 15:14

    I would agree that we could allow the last year in primary to return to school as the transition is important to them as is final year secondary pupils looking to go to college university etc. I worked in the University sector for over 40 years and I think that they will be looking at a phased return with final year degree/postgrad students returning first as they will have work to finish to give them a fair award even if by assessment rather than exams but have things like group work final year projects which many cannot be done remotely at home etc. But bringing all back at once would cause social distancing to go out the window also young kids not being at risk is not proven there have been cases of very young babies been seriously ill with covid 19 and kids are great transmitters of the disease so kid A may be infected by kid B then the parents of kid A both get infected and the R number rises and we very soon get a second peak!
  • Posted by FinlayMacNeill May 05, 2020 at 15:15

    "Covid is a mild disease"
  • Posted by Togi May 05, 2020 at 15:25

    I understand your frustration, but disagree. Although its rarer in primary children they are still at risk, as theres been reports of children catching the virus with fatal breathing difficulties. This also puts others at risk, for example family in high risk categories. It is also not only lethal to those in those groups, as a nurse in a local hospital i have seen patients myself as young as 42 with no medical history needing transferred to ITU for intubation. I think strict measures should remain in place but agree something needs to be done, that definitely doesnt mean sending all school children back. It is still a problem if we spike, as even though oxygen supplies are available at the moment, there is a chance that will run out and at the hospital i work in that was a real concern of many of us, as lots of the patients were on high volumes. It also depends on the number of ventilators available, as that is limited. Its not reasonable to compare this to the flu anymore than it is to compare the spanish flu to the flu. It has a low death rate, but the lack of symptoms in healthy people makes this dangerous to those that will suffer from it, as we cant identify most people that need isolated.
  • Posted by fionaosborne May 05, 2020 at 15:26

    This is NOT a mild disease.
  • Posted by Scruffyk May 05, 2020 at 15:28

    With reference to secondary schools maybe it would be beneficial if the kids remained in one classroom (same way as primary schools) and have the teachers switch classes at the end of the period this would hopefully limit the contact each class has with other classes when the school period ends. In terms of P7 to S1 transitions maybe the first week or couple of days back after the summer holidays the High schools open purely for new S1’s thus giving the kids the chance to meet their new teachers and classmates as well as finding their way around, I’m sure the other years at the High schools would cope with a short while longer with online learning. I do think that schools should remain closed to the majority of pupils until after the summer holidays with the online learning continuing as it is until then and potentially restarting after the summer holidays, as a parent with boys in both of the above categories it would be beneficial in having clarity.
  • Posted by Ed May 05, 2020 at 15:35

    We live in a world where there are dangerous disease, famine, risk of assault and stabbings, being knocked down by cars etc We can't live indoors forever. Yes young people can catch this virus, just like young people have asthma or cancer. we have to start the release of the lockdown somewhere. Children are the lowest risk group - let them get back to school. The after effects of this lockdown will be worse than the virus on young people if the government does not act now!
  • Posted by MairiM May 05, 2020 at 15:41

    Schools simply cannot be kept closed until August; its unthinkable. Children have already missed 21 days (110 hours) of school. If schools do not resume until August, children will have missed 56 days (294 hours). I appreciate we must proceed with caution, however I suspect that I am one of the silent majority (not active on twitter and other such mediums) desperate to see some balance applied vis a vis the response to this virus. Government are currently adhering to worst case scenario science, and ignoring anything which suggests overreaction. I'd suggest the Scottish government set a date of June 1 for schools to resume, and task individual schools with asking parents do they wish their child to return on June 1. This would save wasted places, of which there will be countless, given that many parents do not want their child to return before August. Allow parents such as myself, who are comfortable and confident regarding the level of risk, to have their children resume their education.
  • Posted by POR May 05, 2020 at 15:46

    As in all infections there are a few Unexpected fatalities in people with no known co morbidities but that still does not mean we have to isolate everyone Have we looked at Sweden’s figures when they have their children at school as normal?? How many of them are really sick from Covid. For the majority Covid is a mild flu like illness
  • Posted by LBarr May 05, 2020 at 15:57

    Disagree, teachers and support staff and all others who work within schools could mean a gathering of 50plus adults a day in schools. Never mind the 100’s of parents at 9&3 drop offs. Kids cannot socially distance in the classroom safely as there is simply no space to do so.
  • Posted by Togi May 05, 2020 at 16:00

    Swedens statistics are incomparable to ours, there is a much lower, more sparse population in sweden compared to ourselves. Your plan is also damning the elderly or vulnerable to spend what could be the rest of their lives in isolation. We need to be cautious about how we end this lockdown, this is a completely dangerous idea.
  • Posted by HazelStiven May 05, 2020 at 16:08

    With Scottish schools due to finish end June I dont see the point in returning to education prior to this date. All SQA exams which were currently due to take place now are being graded externally. 7weeks could be beneficial rather than bring children back to the classrooms too soon. Prior to returning rearrange the classrooms to enable distancing though it will prove difficult to ensure young children remain at a distance during intervals etc
  • Posted by Redken May 05, 2020 at 16:43

    Agree but point out that children are told to stay for 48 hours if they have been vomiting
  • Posted by ljk84 May 05, 2020 at 17:32

    agreed that healthy primary children should be allowed back to school
  • Posted by joseph May 05, 2020 at 20:54

    As a teacher and a mother of three, I have major concerns about returning to school. Perhaps the data does not indicate that children are adversely affected by this virus but we do not know enough about it and we certainly do not seem to know enough about their ability to transmit the disease. As a primary school teacher, it is within our very core to care, nurture, love and support our very young children from age 3 to 12. Our children seek physical comfort daily and we are there in their parents place to offer that comfort and care. It is not then possible to allow children to return to a place that will not allow for that close proximity if the children can transmit the virus to each other and indeed staff and the families of other children.
  • Posted by lindyloo May 06, 2020 at 11:52

    Totally agree. If schools are so dangerous then why are schools still open for key workers. There will be data available to show how many children have caught coronavirus at these schools, then how many of them have passed it on to fellow pupils and staff. Treat us as adults. Give us the figures and let us parents decide if this "risk" is worth sending our kids to school or not.
  • Posted by LauraAR May 06, 2020 at 15:46

    Awful idea. MOST children are not badly affected, but some are. And new science is emerging where children have become incredibly ill with a Kawasaki type illness. Also, children could carry it and spread it to everyone else they come into contact with, especially if they do not have symptoms. Then there are all the school staff, parents taking kids to and from school etc to think about.
  • Posted by Me May 06, 2020 at 20:09

    Would not be happy in the current situation for my child to go to school Doing full days homework every day and teachers are supplying tasks and helping with this all online Home is safest place to be for now
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