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To ask if your child’s teacher has tested positive what action did you take?
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Reesewithaspoon · 16/11/2020 09:05

D’s (15) has just been informed that his form teacher has tested positive over the weekend.
Just had an email to confirm which states that the teacher, a student teacher and only 3 students (have no idea why just 3) have been asked to self isolate so the rest (including my son) are to stay in school.
This is the first time with either of my dc that we have had this (both in secondary school) so not sure of the protocol, do they not self isolate the whole class?
Ds suffers from terrible anxiety and we have had lots of problems over the last 3 years. However, after counselling and medication we have been back on track for a while but he is constantly texting me this morning in a complete state saying he has been very close to this teacher last week.
I also care for my mum who is clinically vulnerable so am quite concerned.
Has anyone been in this position? Did your child still continue to go to school even when their teacher had tested positive?
Im not sure what to do for the best.

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Letseatgrandma · 16/11/2020 09:08

Yes-this is happening all the time with my DC.

Interesting that Boris has been told to self isolate though when he was presumably more than 2m away, in a well ventilated room?

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TeenPlusTwenties · 16/11/2020 09:13

There is a photo of boris with the MP closer than 2m.

My guess is the 3 who have been told to isolate had some 'closer contact' e.g. by sitting at the front of the class or something else.

If he has caught it from the teacher, then he has caught it already. If PHE (who the school has to liaise with if in England) aren't saying he should isolate then he doesn't need to.

However you should do whatever you think is best for his MH.

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evenmoreforthemoor · 16/11/2020 09:14

Boris wasn't two metres away from Lee Anderson.

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BigPlanes · 16/11/2020 09:23

It will be anyone within 2 metres for a prolonged period of time >(15 minutes). Most teachers in secondary have been working hard to keep their distance so they don’t have whole classes having to isolate.

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Someonesayroadtrip · 16/11/2020 09:28

Yeah I just don't get it anymore. My husband has had several contacts with customers and TTP have told him he doesn't need to isolate 🤷‍♀️ yet the PM is off isolating?

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Fluffybutter · 16/11/2020 09:32

My dd’s English teacher yesterday positive the other week so they sent home their bubble which is the whole of year 5 in primary. She finally goes back on Thursday.
This may be different though as she was the other class’ full time teacher .

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Scarby9 · 16/11/2020 09:33

The three students are presumably the front row.

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Fluffybutter · 16/11/2020 09:37

  • tested ! Not “yesterday”
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Reesewithaspoon · 16/11/2020 11:01

I’ve spoken with the YH and apparently the students isolating are from a different class and not ds form class. DH is saying he had got very near to the teacher several times last week but the YH insists all the teachers are told to remain at the front of class and not to wander around the room so who knows. Obviously a different rule for us and the PM then!

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mindutopia · 16/11/2020 11:04

This hasn't happened to us, but our school policy is that if anyone in the bubble (their class and I believe the one above them), including teachers, tests positive, they'll all be asked to self isolate and do remote learning. This is primary school though, so perhaps that is different. So far, not a single case, touch wood.

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Reesewithaspoon · 16/11/2020 12:09

Apparently (not sure how true this is) the teacher’s partner works on ICU with Covid patients he had caught it from there and passed it onto ds teacher! I’m now going to have to isolate myself from my parents who I see everyday as mum has Alzheimer’s and blood cancer and obviously is vulnerable to the virus. Grrr! Not happy.

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TheDowagerDuchess · 16/11/2020 12:52

Yeah at one point we had only front row students from a particular class isolating. I didn’t find out til way after the event though.

You can keep your Ds off and say he’s ill with something non Covid if you want though.

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HebeMumsnet · 16/11/2020 13:00

Afternoon, everyone. We've moved this over to our Coronavirus board now.

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Reesewithaspoon · 16/11/2020 13:27

I’m so annoyed that a teacher who’s partner works every day with Covid patients is allowed to work directly with kids.

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Letseatgrandma · 16/11/2020 13:43

@Reesewithaspoon

I’m so annoyed that a teacher who’s partner works every day with Covid patients is allowed to work directly with kids.

What do you think should happen instead? You can’t sack every teacher living with someone who works with covid patients.
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Susanwouldntlikeit · 16/11/2020 13:46

Lucky for your son he is not being told to self-isolate! Some people seem to crave the attention of isolating. Tell her it’s great he is not in any danger and can go to school! Do it feed his anxiety!

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Reesewithaspoon · 16/11/2020 13:52

What do you think should happen instead? You can’t sack every teacher living with someone who works with covid patients

Of course not but as parents we should have the right to make informed choices for our children and our families and if someone is teaching our children who’s partners work directly with Covid patients we should be informed of this. It now means that I am having to get cover for care for my elderly Alzheimer’s mum who also has blood cancer, I can not put her at risk and have been doing everything possible to avoid as much contact with people so I can care for her.
And if you are married or living with someone working directly with Covid patients and you work with lots of other people (Ie in a school or college etc) then you should isolate from that person to risk contamination, and the fact that this teacher had been teaching all last week and tested positive at the weekend then she has put a lot of people at risk.

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Buddytheelf85 · 16/11/2020 13:55

If you want to isolate then do it. Just tell the school he’s developed Covid symptoms.

Thousands and thousands of people are having to stay away from elderly relatives.

The school can’t and shouldn’t sack people for having partners who work with Covid patients (and you don’t know that’s true anyway). They’re short-staffed enough as it is.

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Remmy123 · 16/11/2020 13:55

Take the schools advice

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Letseatgrandma · 16/11/2020 13:59

And if you are married or living with someone working directly with Covid patients and you work with lots of other people (Ie in a school or college etc) then you should isolate from that person to risk contamination

That simply isn’t possible in most cases.

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Reesewithaspoon · 16/11/2020 14:00

Buddytheelf85 it’s not just a case of keeping away from elderly parents I am my mums carer, she has Alzheimer’s.

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Hayeahnobut · 16/11/2020 14:00

And if you are married or living with someone working directly with Covid patients and you work with lots of other people (Ie in a school or college etc) then you should isolate from that person to risk contamination

Where do you suggest these people live for the nine months this has been going on? Are you advocating splitting families up for months at a time?

You need to get a grip. Your selfish attitude is disgusting.

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Reesewithaspoon · 16/11/2020 14:02

@Hayeahnobut

And if you are married or living with someone working directly with Covid patients and you work with lots of other people (Ie in a school or college etc) then you should isolate from that person to risk contamination

Where do you suggest these people live for the nine months this has been going on? Are you advocating splitting families up for months at a time?

You need to get a grip. Your selfish attitude is disgusting.

I spend most of my waking hours looking after an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s. How the fuck does that make me selfish?
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Letseatgrandma · 16/11/2020 14:06

My friend is a teacher and her DH works on a covid ward.

Your suggestion that my friend isolate from her husband cannot happen. They live in a house with one bathroom-she would need to move out. They couldn’t afford to pay rent/hotel/bills for two households and they have three children who she looks after when she’s not at work (teaches part time).

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MummyOfZog · 16/11/2020 14:15

I get that its frustrating OP but suggesting teachers who might live with someone working with covid parents should not be working is ridiculous. Would those teachers be off on unpaid leave during that time? How would they pay their bills? The notion of providing paid leave to those teachers is equally ludicrous given the cuts to funding etc. There is also the small matter of the massive teaching shortage so finding cover won't be easy! Equally ridiculous is suggesting those teachers should essentially isolate themselves away from their partners whilst at home - not possible most of the time. Those working in healthcare settings with covid patients do have full PPE OP, remember

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