Leaked text reveals Dept of Health inaction
A text message sent by a school to parents has exposed the Department of Health’s inexcusable decision to allow schools to remain open, in all year groups, even after the presence of the coronavirus confirmed among pupils.
The secondary school, which will not be named, has told parents and carers that a year 9 pupil has tested positive – but that on consulting with the Dept of Health and Social Care’s public health arm, it has been told to carry on as usual:
Many other schools are reporting similar incidents, or that they have been forced to remain open in spite of multiple pupils or staff isolating – because tests have been impossible to obtain and schools are only permitted to close bubbles, classes or year groups on a confirmed positive test.
The ‘collapse’ of the testing system is starting to look less like an implosion and at least partly like an attempt to keep schools open and mask the rocketing number of school outbreaks and the exponential rate of infection in our communities.
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