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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?

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littlemissmuffins · 07/03/2020 18:13

A lot of misinformation on this thread. Yes coronaviruses have been around since the 60s however this one is a severe strain, one of those which is much more likely to cause respiratory distress syndrome than your average coronavirus cold. Also, statistically I'm sure you have more of a chance of dying from this than winning the lottery big time.

Yes I am considering keeping DC off school, come what may. I am normally very strict on their education, however this is not a normal time or situation - it's something we've not faced as humans since 1918. Education can be caught up on or redone.


littlemissmuffins · 07/03/2020 18:15

Not at that stage quite yet, but sadly it's looking like it soon..


JhustJenny · 07/03/2020 18:15



Fatted · 07/03/2020 18:19

Would you keep your DC home if chicken pox was doing the rounds? That can be just as deadly. But instead people throw parties for their kids to catch that.


PointlessAddict · 07/03/2020 18:19

No. Stop being so ridiculous. Presumably if there was a risk locally the school would close.


SnoozyLou · 07/03/2020 18:19

@cultkid We're in a similar situation, and I'm just glad we have a choice. DS is 2 though so it isn't as though he's missing exams!

We have cases in the town I live in - one took holy communion last Sunday - and another went to work for a week as a doctors receptionist and sent her son to school after coming back from Northern Italy. I chose to keep DS home last week. Not sure about next week - we'll play it by ear.

I'm 5 months pregnant with elderly parents. I get a bit pissed off with people demanding explanations as to why someone chooses to do what they want to do. There's another thread where people seem mortified that others may be apprehensive about taking a holiday later this year. What's it to them? If people can and want to take themselves out of circulation, that's a matter for them.


Craiglang · 07/03/2020 18:21

No. And I work in a school, so I have to go to work.


Rocketmam · 07/03/2020 18:21

Would you keep your DC home if chicken pox was doing the rounds? That can be just as deadly.

Sorry? If you believe CV is only as dangerous as chicken pox then it is no wonder you aren't worried!

Yes, countries often voluntarily tank their economy for the yearly rounds of chicken pox...don't they?


foamrolling · 07/03/2020 18:29

No. In the whole of the population of Wales - 3 million people - there are only 2 confirmed cases. I have no links with either of them and they have no links with my kids schools.


ChicCroissant · 07/03/2020 18:51

If people can and want to take themselves out of circulation, that's a matter for them.

Yes, if adults want to take themselves out of circulation they can. However, there seems to be a trend of only the children being taken out of circulation and the adults continuing as normal.


SleepingStandingUp · 07/03/2020 19:09

I can go to the woods and beach
Ooh if I owned my own private woods and beach I'd def consider self isolating for months. Otherwise what is the point of slef isolating to just go use public spaces? Esp over summer when beaches etc are much more popular.


SnoozyLou · 07/03/2020 19:11

Yes, if adults want to take themselves out of circulation they can. However, there seems to be a trend of only the children being taken out of circulation and the adults continuing as normal.

Is there? How does that work? Do they leave them at home while they go to work? Genuinely curious.


motherrunner · 07/03/2020 19:25

No, and I’m a teacher. My children are 8 and 5, I teach in a school of over 1000 students (Yr 7-13) and I also visit my mum every week in her nursing home as she needs 24/7 care.


Parker231 · 07/03/2020 19:29

Don’t know anyone who is as they will be at work so wouldn’t have anyone to look at the DC’s.


piccola15 · 08/03/2020 00:46

I don't know but it is something we are considering. I and my 4 year old are in the at risk group. I have ME which is caused by a virus and every time I get a cold I get a full on chest infection and need antibiotics so I pretty much know I won't get away with the minimum. Also I know many parents who have ME and then caught the flu and it has left them unable to communicate or see people for some time as it affects the condition long term. I don't feel that anyone (government or the school) have families like ours in mind when they make general decisions. I wish there was some kind of way to allow at risk families to make an informed decision.

It's a tough one but I am with you on this. I fully expect that we will catch it at some point but I would like to hang on as long as possible in the hope that there will be antivirals that could help prevent my condition worsening too much. I feel this is a practical approach x


Babyfairy0923 · 08/03/2020 08:01

Thank you for all your replies. I’m still torn as to what to do at this point.

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Heismyopendoor · 08/03/2020 08:06

My kids are home educated so not something that I have to worry about as they are home anyways :) we are still going to all our regular meet ups, social gatherings, beavers, swimming lessons, swim club, pony club, swim meets etc unless they are cancelled.


cultkid · 08/03/2020 10:53

@SnoozyLou I'm really with you on what you're saying about it being our own choice


cultkid · 08/03/2020 10:54

@SleepingStandingUp I think you are deliberately misunderstanding
The woods I don't see a soul at

The beach is at the end of my road
It's cold and there is not many people on it
The air there is better circulated then a school


SugarPlumLairy2 · 08/03/2020 11:24

My DD was ill last week (NOT covid19j so she stayed home, but is well enough to attend school tomorrow so off she’ll go.

I’m in an “at risk” group so since this all started had been buying a couple of extra bits with the normal shop, no bulk/panic buying needed at all.

Taking extra precautions with extra hand washing etc but trying to remain calm/sensible.


tinytemper66 · 08/03/2020 11:40

As a teacher, a concern I have is not about the spread of the virus but the implications with GCSE classes etc.
Who is going to police the work they do if we have to close and we use other platforms to teach them?
Will I be to blame by my school if my classes dont meet their grades? The longer we keep them open o feel the less exam boards will take predicted grades.
Whilst this sounds selfish with people dying and becoming very unwell, it is something that has been on my mind.
Our school has put soap around the school and two hand sanitizer bottles where the pupils queue for lunch. Other than that zilch!


HasaDigaEebowai · 08/03/2020 11:43

We have decided we will take ours out at the end of the week if the schools haven't already closed


beautifulstranger101 · 08/03/2020 11:44



okiedokieme · 08/03/2020 11:45

Mine are at university, no lectures because the lecturers are on strike!


snop · 08/03/2020 12:07

I have nobody to look after them even if I wanted to, need to work to pay the bills.

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