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Who is keeping their children home from school from next week?

151 replies

Babyfairy0923 · 07/03/2020 15:25

Not looking for a debate I’m just asking how many people are now keeping their children home from school or seriously considering it?

OP posts:

Kawahara · 07/03/2020 15:50


Nope should have been 'in an area'


Carpathian2 · 07/03/2020 15:59

Nope, and I'm in a risk group.

This fucking hysteria and drama is really annoying me 😡


MaryBerrysBomberJacket · 07/03/2020 16:01

No, and I am also a teacher in an at risk group.


PickAChew · 07/03/2020 16:02

Hell, no.


OneOfTheGrundys · 07/03/2020 16:02

Hi OP. My DH is in an at risk group and when we asked his transplant team what to do wrt sending the DCs in to school they said emphatically yes. Send them in.
DS1’s school has a case of a parent with the virus too so was extra close to home.


greenleafycarrot · 07/03/2020 16:03

No. There's no point because we have no idea how long the virus is going to be around for and if you keep them off now you'd be as well keeping them off for 3/6/12 months, because as soon as they're let out the house they'd be at risk of picking it up as things are.


Babyfairy0923 · 07/03/2020 16:04

@OneOfTheGrundys thanks for that, reassuring to hear.

OP posts:

MillicentMartha · 07/03/2020 16:04

No. I work in a school and I’ll be going in too.


Lynda07 · 07/03/2020 16:06

What's new that's happening next week?

I no longer have youngsters at home but if I did I'd only keep them off school if they were unwell or if the school had to be closed (or if we all felt like skiving for a day).


OneOfTheGrundys · 07/03/2020 16:06

It’s very hard to know what to do when you are caring for a vulnerable person. I hope you are all ok op. Brew


Langbannedforsafeguardingkids · 07/03/2020 16:09

There's a lot of data out there that school closures for a moderate length of time (e.g 4 weeks) would flatten and extend the peak and so help the health service to cope / have enough beds for all the severely ill (1 in 5 from Chinese stats).

There is a difference in 80% getting it in 6 months and a percentage of people - like in Italy - unable to get into ICU so dying and 80% getting it in 18 months which would mean the NHS could cope much better. There was a recent video of an Italian ICU - it looked like only younger people were on ventilators - someone else on another thread said that's because they don't have enough and they have to prioritise those most likely to survive.

That's why 22 countries have some school closures.


Alfiemoon1 · 07/03/2020 16:11



Langbannedforsafeguardingkids · 07/03/2020 16:13

School closures aren't to protect children (except vulnerable children of course), they are to help the NHS cope with all the severely ill (by flattening and extending the peak) and to make it less likely lots of those adults will die.

In the absence of a miraculous increase in ICU beds, doctors and nurses, it seems like our best bet.


GabsAlot · 07/03/2020 16:22

My dsis definitely isnt keeping them off! theres only 160 confirmed cases in the whole of the uk at this moment

it wont peak for another 3 months you cant keep them off till then


Jumpingintotheabyss · 07/03/2020 16:23

No. But I'd very much like too.
If I could I would. Its my job I'm worried about.


Jumpingintotheabyss · 07/03/2020 16:23

Gabs. It will peak because people keep mixing.


KitKat1985 · 07/03/2020 16:27

Nope, as soon as DD1 is better (she's just come down with chickenpox) then she's going back in.

Both me and DH work in the NHS. Schools closures will massively affect our ability to go into work as much as anything else, and I don't want the DD's schooling affected anymore that it has to be.


YgritteSnow · 07/03/2020 16:32

I'm asthmatic. Dd will go to school till we are told there's a case there and/or are told she shouldn't. My preference would be to keep her at home for my peace of mind and also I love having her around - I home educate my eldest and would have like to home educate her too, but it's not about me. She loves school and I don't want to disrupt her education.


TrickyKid · 07/03/2020 16:34

No, what's happening next week?


Charlesthekingcavalier · 07/03/2020 16:35

No. Why would you? Are you keeping them off forever?


Vintage2020 · 07/03/2020 16:37

No what would that solve?


Delatron · 07/03/2020 16:38

No. This could go on for months and months. Then start up again next Winter.

You can’t just put your entire life and your kids’ lives on hold for a year.


Devlesko · 07/03/2020 16:40

there's another petition to allow those who can to take their kids out of school.
This is good because those who wanted to continue working and use school as childcare would be able to, if they weren't closed.
Those able to self isolate could reduce the numbers so not worst case scenario of 80% contraction, if we don't close schools soon.


Redcrayons · 07/03/2020 16:41

No. They're in year 11 and going to be doing GCSEs in a couple of months.
They're going in.


Chickydoo · 07/03/2020 16:44

Good God, no.
My DC school is going on a french trip in 2 weeks, still all fine.
I am going on a long haul trip in 3, weeks, all still fine.

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