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How many cases before a school shuts?

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Newstart20 Wed 07-Oct-20 20:01:25

Just as the title says really, how many cases within a school before the whole school needs to shut? Or does it really only have to be the bubbles?

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cardibach Wed 07-Oct-20 20:03:50

Each bubble with a case closes. I guess ultimately you could get all the bubbles closed at once, but it’s unlikely. The most likely cause of closure would be lots of staff cases/self isolations.

Nellodee Wed 07-Oct-20 20:04:07

We keep on going until the last teacher falls, because the cases only spread in the community, never in schools.

SleepingStandingUp Wed 07-Oct-20 20:05:38

Well from Early years to yr 6, we have 3 years left in and were still open

3littlewords Wed 07-Oct-20 20:07:35

A school in Merseyside had cases in all years it ended having the whole school tested staff and pupils it found 40 cases , many of them asymptomatic, the whole school closed for 2 weeks

Nellodee Wed 07-Oct-20 20:07:44

Ah, that's because in primary schools, the opposite is true, and children are unable to spread to their siblings in the community, so if they are not in the same bubble at school, you are fine.

Qasd Wed 07-Oct-20 20:12:08

We have been told three in three different bubbles and they shut the school (it’s only got five bubbles so it would feel pretty empty at that point!). That is secondary the primary haven’t told us their plans.

GravityFalls Wed 07-Oct-20 20:13:44

Bubbles aren’t automatically closing now, let alone whole schools. It’s very common recently for a handful of students to be sent home, and no staff.

IHateCoronavirus Wed 07-Oct-20 20:15:47

DS is home because 1 in his bubble tested positive. Another school local to us has completely shut. Not sure of the numbers though.

SleepingStandingUp Wed 07-Oct-20 20:16:30

It's all out staff who are positive! Teachers in yr 4-6 have closed those three years

Percypiglets Wed 07-Oct-20 20:17:24

Bullshit Boris said schools will never shut... We all have to die as teachers first...

RigaBalsam Wed 07-Oct-20 20:18:54

We have 3 in one year and the bubble hasn't burst. A couple in other years too.

AutumnleavesturntoGold Wed 07-Oct-20 20:23:47

Each school seems to be doing it very differently.
It seems like only a few students are sent home mostly around the positive child. I'd like to know however how they know who has been around the child.

DailyLotion Wed 07-Oct-20 20:24:11

There isn't any written rule, the official line is the DfE hotline help the school to work out what needs to be done. They seem to be aiming not to close bubbles for isolated cases but to identify direct contacts and to instruct them to isolate as individuals.

However, it takes so long to get through, heads are making their own decisions.

Sweettea1 Wed 07-Oct-20 20:25:27

Only the bubbles but my dd school closed as all but 1 class had positive cases so they closed for deep clean from wed till mon then just then one class went bk then rest following week

DailyLotion Wed 07-Oct-20 20:25:37

We've only had one positive case so far, a teacher who caught it from his young adult daughter. Text book in terms of where the govt is placing blame.

Mummyoflittledragon Wed 07-Oct-20 20:33:34

GravityFalls

Bubbles aren’t automatically closing now, let alone whole schools. It’s very common recently for a handful of students to be sent home, and no staff.

This is what has happened in dds school twice to my knowledge. A bubble is 250 so the school are trying to avoid this.

Hopeful201 Wed 07-Oct-20 20:42:28

Our school had a case and only 20 were sent home, not the whole bubble.

bigchris Wed 07-Oct-20 20:50:15

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Bullshit Boris said schools will never shut... We all have to die as teachers first...*

Do teachersreally think like this? sad

MrsHerculePoirot Wed 07-Oct-20 20:56:01

bigchris

*
Bullshit Boris said schools will never shut... We all have to die as teachers first...*

Do teachersreally think like this? sad

Yes. They aren’t going to shut the bubbles or schools unless they have to. We sent home those sitting near to positive child through seating plans. Teachers don’t need to be considered because we’ve been told to stay 2m apart from students and teachers ‘where possible’..... not allowed masks or visors in our classrooms at my school and no-one wears on communal areas because it isn’t encouraged.

bigchris Wed 07-Oct-20 20:58:05

Why aren't you allowed to wear masks sad

bigchris Wed 07-Oct-20 20:59:04

My kids say teachers who want to our wearing visors if They want, is it an LEA school ?

bigchris Wed 07-Oct-20 21:00:02

Sorry hope you don't mind me asking, i genuinely don't know , we have to wear them at work

monkeytennis97 Wed 07-Oct-20 21:08:11

@bigchris yes we are scared there will be teacher deaths-there were in the first wave. If they keep the schools open there will be many more.

The guidance from the government tells us we can't wear masks as it (apparently) impedes teaching and learning. Head teachers rarely go against the guidance and some treat it like a tick box exercise.

monkeytennis97 Wed 07-Oct-20 21:09:24

Visors are pretty ineffective without masks.

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