I am aware this may not be a popular opinion but Kilmore school (and the teaching unions) not taking the children back is an utter disgrace. This is going to hit children very hard, so hard that many will never recover, particularly those reliant on the education s system for books, stimulation and structure. There are children of working single mothers who have been unable to do anything but play computer games for 8 weeks. Children have distinct developmental windows, and once they are missed you do not get them back. This will hit those in lower socio-economic brackets brutally hard.
With all due respect to those who have had loved ones impacted by the coronavirus, its is actually rapidly exposing itself to be a far less risk than advertised, particulrly for children. It’s understandable that teachers who have pre-exisiting health conditions to absentee themselves – as per government guidance – as it is these whom overwhelmingly succumb to the virus . However, we are no longer at epidemic levels of covid-19 prevalence in the UK (0.27% of the population infected, where 0.4% is the low end required to be “epidemic”), and all-cause deaths have slipped back below average.
With no serious pre-existing conditions, the young-ish and healthy are far more likely to be hit by lightning (49 occurrences per annum in UK) than to die of covid-19 (33 in England under age 40, of which only 3 under the age of 19).
The bottom line is that the vast majority of people recover. And there is very low risk:
Stanford’s Nobel laureate Michael Levitt (biophysicist and professor of structural biology) found on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, a virtually perfect sealed petri-dish disproportionately filled with the most susceptible age and health groups that despite the virus spreading uncontrolled onboard for at least two weeks, infection only reached 20% of passengers and crew.
For anyone asking if I would teach in a classroom the answer is an empathic yes. And I am sure there are insightful and committed teachers who would also like to step to the crease at this time. The education and socialising of these children is essential, not to mention the need for the utterly nuked economy to get back on track – the deaths from which will far outnumber those of corona. This is not economy versus people – as some appear to think – the economy IS people. The lockdown will mean higher taxes, higher borrowing and therefore less investment
The reopening of schools in 22 European countries has not led to any significant increase in coronavirus infections among children, parents or staff, this is even reported by the Guardian.
Kilmorie and other schools should hang their heads in shame. It either believes in education or not. It was a chance to be a hero and you fluffed it. All you have shown is where your true priorities lie.