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Campaign group criticizes school for fines and isolation of students for not wearing masks

A children’s rights campaign group in the Covid crisis has labeled a British secondary school ‘despicable’ after it told parents that children would have to buy a mask or face ‘individual isolation’ if they arrived without a mask.

UsforThem shared the strongly worded letter to parents of the unnamed school, outlining a no-tolerance approach for students arriving at school without a mask.

Posted the letter on Twitter, UsforThem said the “non-negotiable” approach of removing children from classes all day if they repeatedly forget their mask amounts to “child abuse.”

Schools can currently decide, based on local government guidelines, whether masks should be worn in common areas such as classrooms and hallways.

It was announced this week that some schools in England are starting to close again as headmasters are imposing their own ‘circuit breakers’.

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Schools are asked to listen to local authorities’ guidelines and then make a decision about whether to wear masks; Children’s campaign group Us for Them shared a letter, allegedly sent to parents by a high school this month, saying there is a “non-negotiable” approach to wearing masks.

The letter, which has been questioned by some for pointing to an incorrect date, tells parents that students who have forgotten their masks must donate to charity to get one, and if they do it multiple times, they will be isolated from the classroom

The letter, which has been questioned by some for pointing to an incorrect date, tells parents that students who have forgotten their masks must donate to charity to get one, and if they do it multiple times, they will be isolated from the classroom

The letter, which has been questioned by some for pointing to an incorrect date, tells parents that students who have forgotten their masks must donate to charity to get one, and if they do it multiple times, they will be isolated from the classroom

The group wrote: We’ve seen some disturbing things since we launched 18 months ago, but this could be #1. This is a despicable way of treating children and it’s time to call it what it is ‘Child Abuse’.

The letter to parents, sent this month, outlines plans to remove students without masks from classes from Monday 23 November: ‘If students come to school without masks, we will give them one.

‘Unfortunately we can’t give these away for free. To get an emergency mask, we expect a donation to Young Minds (a mental health charity) at the gate.”

The letter continues: ‘For students who constantly forget their mask, there is no option to buy another one. Instead, they will be placed in internal isolation for a day and forget their mask every day.”

A Twitter user responded to the letter, saying, “Why are parents letting it happen? The longer parents allow this behavior, the longer it will last. Just say no. You can bet that the person who wrote this isn’t masked for 8 hours a day, that’s for sure.”

Another added: ‘I’d like to see how they would handle putting each child in isolation if they all showed up maskless. I assume they should all be in separate rooms.”

However, some praised the rule for its firm approach, with one person writing, “Wow. The school has rules that they make clear. Shock! Also your comparison with child abuse is a disgusting false equivalence that only lessens the real suffering of many children.’

Fearing a Covid crisis before Christmas, some schools in England are starting to close again as school principals are putting up their own ‘circuit breakers’ and sending children home to distance learning in a bid to tackle Covid before Christmas.

St Mary's Church of England Primary in Credenhill, Hereford closed for a week yesterday despite the implementation of a thorough cleaning regime, increased hand washing and disinfection, mandatory PPE, segregated year groups and staggered play times and lunches

St Mary's Church of England Primary in Credenhill, Hereford closed for a week yesterday despite the implementation of a thorough cleaning regime, increased hand washing and disinfection, mandatory PPE, segregated year groups and staggered play times and lunches

St Mary’s Church of England Primary in Credenhill, Hereford closed for a week yesterday despite the implementation of a thorough cleaning regime, increased hand washing and disinfection, mandatory PPE, segregated year groups and staggered play times and lunches

Campaigners have warned that more schools could follow suit and close this winter after St Mary’s Church of England Primary in Hereford and Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio in Lancashire announced they would be closing for at least a week amid a spate of Covid cases.

Arabella Skinner of parent group UsForThem, which fought to get children back into the classroom after being forced to close for the first time in March last year, told The Telegraph: ‘As last year’s experience shows, these isolated instances of school closures are not going to last. . long isolated.

‘The concern is that we will see more examples of this in the run-up to Christmas. How long are we going to ask our children to remain second-class citizens?’

St Mary’s Church of England Primary in Credenhill closed for a week yesterday – despite implementing a thorough cleaning regime, increased hand washing and disinfection, mandatory PPE, segregated year groups and staggered play times and lunches.

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio, a Lancashire secondary school that teaches students aged 13 to 19, has also told families that their children will be distance learning until at least next Thursday 'in light of the number of cases and advice given'

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio, a Lancashire secondary school that teaches students aged 13 to 19, has also told families that their children will be distance learning until at least next Thursday 'in light of the number of cases and advice given'

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio, a Lancashire secondary school that teaches students aged 13 to 19, has also told families that their children will be distance learning until at least next Thursday ‘in light of the number of cases and advice given’

Principal Bernadette Davies wrote to families to explain that “the purpose of this break is to act as a ”circuit breaker” and stop the transmission of Covid-19 through the school.”

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio, a secondary school that teaches students aged 13 to 19, has also told families that their children will be distance learning until at least next Thursday “in light of the number of cases and the advice given.”

Current Department of Education guidelines state that schools can impose “short-term attendance restrictions” in “extreme cases, and as a last resort where all other risk restrictions have not broken the chains of transmission in school.”

Crushing price of lockdown: Devastating audit shows how a year of restrictions made poorer students difficult to cope

The devastating impact of lockdowns on underprivileged children is being exposed in research showing they were twice as likely to struggle with homeschooling.

The figures show that one in five poorer students could not cope and that many did not work at all for several days.

A Daily Mail audit of studies during the pandemic shows that children have lost at least six months of regular, face-to-face lessons, translating to an estimated £40,000 loss in lifetime earnings if they don’t catch up.

All young people have a learning delay of at least one month, primary school pupils are on average three months behind in mathematics.

Last year schools had to close on Friday 20 March. Three lockdowns were imposed over the next 12 months, meaning children had to try to learn at home.

Many schools were slow to provide adequate online classes, and at the start of the pandemic, more than a million young people did not even have a laptop or tablet.

A survey of families in January and February found that 18 percent of people living in poverty found it difficult to learn online. This compared to only 9 percent of wealthy children.

A quick poll found that one in 10 poor students had no work that day, compared to just one in 20 wealthy students. By this February six-month period, a third of poor parents rated their homeschooling experience as “low,” compared to just a quarter of other parents.

Three in five underprivileged parents had ‘sometimes’ or ‘often’ difficulty understanding home learning tasks, compared with only two in five other parents.

The survey, which involved 1,200 households in 75 elementary schools, is called the Big Lockdown Learning Parent Survey and is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimated that by mid-February, children had lost at least six months of regular, personal schooling. It said the average child could lose £40,000 from their lifetime income unless helped to catch up.

Elsewhere, the Education Policy Institute found that the pandemic has left all children at least a month behind in their learning.

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