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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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Babyfairy0923 · 08/03/2020 13:00

Thank you everyone.
I’m still undecided as to what to do.
I can’t imagine it being too much longer before they close the schools surely.

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PhoneTwattery · 08/03/2020 13:23

I can’t imagine it being too much longer before they close the schools surely.



Babyfairy0923 · 08/03/2020 13:31

The rate it’s spreading, I would imagine a few more weeks?

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Waxonwaxoff0 · 08/03/2020 13:33


And if they do close the schools then I'm fucked as I have no one to do childcare, I'm a single parent and need to go to work to keep the roof over our heads.


megletthesecond · 08/03/2020 13:36

I have to work and DD would be a nightmare (violent etc) off school all week.


Starlight456 · 08/03/2020 13:40

Nope . I pay for extremely tuition at the weekend . I am certainly not going to get him then to miss school for no reason


PhoneTwattery · 08/03/2020 13:42

I’ll lay a bet that a nationwide school closure won’t happen.


Babyfairy0923 · 08/03/2020 13:53

I think it will get to a point where they have no choice.

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TimeForPlentyIn2020 · 08/03/2020 13:58



YgritteSnow · 08/03/2020 14:02

I think some people are thoroughly overexcited and wallowing in the drama of all this tbh. I'm frightened. I have asthma, I'm in my late forties, fairly good health but even a simple cold can knock me for six and bring on a big asthma flare up. It's good to be prepared as far as possible but constantly predicting the what ifs and potential disaster doesn't do anyone any good does it? Surely you're just living through it twice? Weeks of fear and worry and predicting disaster followed by it actually happening. I'm hoping beyond hope that schools don't need to close and that we can weather this without too much disruption. Others seems to be positively dancing with anticipation of the drama and disruption. I find it quite odd tbh.


ffswhatnext · 08/03/2020 14:23

Why would I want to disrupt my child's education on a what if?
If they aren't well or the school gets closed, then, of course, they don't go. But otherwise well, get to school.

It also sends them an odd message, and anyone considering doing this is in for years of fun. They will clock on and want the same for the various seasonal and local outbreaks of whatever 😂

I'm in the at-risk group because of health. They've known about the importance of hygiene and cleaning up after themselves for years.


Thesispieces · 08/03/2020 14:40

Nope. I assume this virus will be in everyone’s homes no matter what. Much like other (known) coronaviruses are.


HasaDigaEebowai · 08/03/2020 14:48

Interestingly OP you'll get a different perspective if you read this thread.


ilovemyrednosedaymug · 08/03/2020 14:54

No. Our school is sending out daily updates from the Government and will only close if they are advised to by Public Health.

Personally I think that all travel should be stopped. It can't be brought in from other countries if no-one is allowed to travel. But of course they won't ground all the planes and ferries will they? School is the least of the problems .

We live in a very rural area so you hope that it might pass you by, but at the same time, local people have been skiing in Italy and so on, so it could reach us the same as anywhere else.


B1gbluehouse · 08/03/2020 14:58

Err nope. 2 cases in our county. Think I’ll save that for when it’s really necessary.


Langbannedforsafeguardingkids · 08/03/2020 15:00

I assume this virus will be in everyone’s homes no matter what. Much like other (known) coronaviruses are

Yes, it will be, but that's not why schools are closing. Shutting schools does reduce transmission - it saves lives because it allows health services to cope rather than being overwhelmed by a shorter larger peak. Even if all the same people got it in the end, it would save lives by ensuring there are enough ICU beds. The way we're going is the way of Italy - people in ventilators in corridors and on the brink of collapse.

The choice is lockdown (reduce transmission, close schools, stop big gatherings) or uncontrolled spread and breakdown of the NHS.

The virus is here to stay though. Let's hope there's a vaccine in a year rather than 18 months.


Figgygal · 08/03/2020 15:02

Eldest at school 3yo at nursery
No cases near us so don’t see why they wouldn’t
I’ll also be going to work


Enough4me · 08/03/2020 15:03
It has already been petitioned for.


RightestPersonOnMN · 08/03/2020 15:12

Closing the schools seems extreme at this point in time. A levels start in two months time, students can’t afford the time out.


irwellmummy · 08/03/2020 20:56

I’ve someone in my class (Nursery) keeping her daughter off at the mo as she has complex medical issues and is at great risk if she caught it. She’s already been gravely I’ll twice due to viruses she’s contracted and she’s only 3.


BernardsarenotalwaysSaints · 08/03/2020 23:23

I’ve just seen there’s a school fairly local (25 ish minute drive) closed tomorrow for a deep clean due to a suspected covid-19 Insuspect this is actually one of the confirmed cases in my county case in a parent. Expecting to re-open Tuesday.

Still doesn’t change my answer though.


ByeMF · 08/03/2020 23:30

Mine both going in.


SnoozyLou · 08/03/2020 23:37

We had 4 cases locally last weekend. Now we have 6. I pulled DS from nursery last week but he'll be going back tomorrow. I know it's still early, but I did expect there to be more cases than we currently have.


ffswhatnext · 09/03/2020 00:08

My theory is that the numbers are low because of the weather. We've just had a week or so of wind and rain.
Once the weather turns nice, I think that's when there will be a spike in numbers.

Saudi have done the logical thing and have stopped travel. Isreal are also considering this.

Once the first few cases were confirmed outside China, this is really what should have happened then.

And thinking about this more, if I'm going to get it I would rather get it now before it hits the UK at an epidemic level where services will be stretched, and the chances of it mutating increase.


Parker231 · 09/03/2020 00:59

The NHS staff I know will be off work looking after their DC’s if schools close so not sure how closing schools is going to help as there will be even more staff shortages.

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