The school principal has warned that schools may have to partially or completely close due to a lack of coronavirus tests for staff with symptoms.
Darren Gelder, of Grace Academy in Solihull, told Sky News that his school is already under stress – although there are no confirmed cases of the infection. virus – Because five employees are forced to isolate or isolate their family members.
He said, “The biggest challenge that we will have to keep the school open will be keeping the staff there and the lack of staff will have the biggest impact on that.”
“Especially the challenge we had around the test – our inability to tell if it was positive or not and the employees could come back to it. This means that the employees will stop for longer.
“These days all schools operate on very tight budgets. There aren’t a lot of redundant employees there, so we reach a critical turning point very, very quickly.”
He says one of his employees doing isolation was offered a test in Fife, more than 350 miles away. Others were unable to reserve anything.
This means that they must isolate for 14 days. If they can get tested and found not to be carrying the virus, they can return to work right away.
The Ministry of Education says 99.9% of schools opened at the beginning of the semester.
But their numbers show that 8% of state-funded schools are partially closed.
Student attendance rates have decreased to 88% from 95.3% last year.
Like hundreds of schools across the country, Coleshill Heath Elementary School was forced to require some pupils to isolate after confirming a case Covid-19.
Susan Venables has a daughter in fourth grade who is out of school and another daughter who is in first year who still has to go to. She is worried about whether the situation is safe.
She said, “I haven’t sent her in two days.” “I said she wouldn’t go to school but then I was told I would be fined.”
Patrick Roach, secretary general of NASUWT, told Sky News the government could do more to repeat directives to parents on when it is safe to stay in school.
“But, you know, that’s only part of the problem,” he said.
“The main problem is making sure the capacity is there. If you’re displaying symptoms of COVID, you can get tested and get tested quickly.”
The government has insisted that it works closely with all schools that are not fully open to ensure that remote education is provided to children who are unable to attend in person, and to ensure that schools only send those who are home to isolate themselves closely. Contact with a confirmed case of infection with the Coronavirus.
She added that starting Wednesday, schools will be able to order more home testing kits for teachers who cannot access testing centers.