A headteacher has laid out his fears for the safety of children following Boris Johnson’s announcement that classrooms could reopen as early as June.
Howard Fisher, head of St George’s Church of England Primary School in Kent, has sent a brutally honest letter that has been shared over a thousand times on Facebook, according to Kent Live.
The letter, dated May 11th, reads: “We have no plans sent from the government before the announcement last night. No doubt they will arrive this week suggesting social distancing, less pupils in the school, splitting them up, staggered lunches and drop offs, etc.
“I can be truthful here and categorically tell you there is no such thing as social distancing in a school; it does not exist and would never exist.
“The reason childhood illnesses spread in a school is surprise, surprise, we are all in contact with each other.
“I can put two children in opposite classrooms and they will still get chicken pox because that’s how it is in a school. This virus we are lead to believe is a super spreader.”
The letter continued: “Do I want the staff and the children back; of course. Are you at the end of your tether at home; of course you are.
“However I am not going to sit here and write to you to say we can achieve social distancing in a school. We can always make things safer, we could perhaps reduce slightly the risk, but as soon as you open the school as far as my many years can tell you, the risk will be there.
“So that leaves us all in a quandary doesn’t it? How long can we go on like this for? Unfortunately I heard no answers last night, I heard no solutions.
“I heard that it is ok to put our youngest children back in a school and our oldest. I heard nothing that would put my mind at rest.
“There will be some of you that say, ‘let’s just get on with it,’ I respect that, but get on with what?
“There is not a reliable test, a vaccine, an idea about what to do next, there is just the possibility that things will be ok; that’s all we have at the moment and ‘ok’ is not good enough when it comes to the precious gift that is your child.”
Mr Fisher said a ‘sensible and rational debate around better solutions’ is missing. He added: “Believe me, I would rather any child repeats a year than go back too soon and have to lose a child; why is this not in the national debate; because it will cost money!
“So parents, what can you do next? Well, all I can do is pass onto you information when we have it and you can make your own decision.
“Parent power is quite something when it is applied nationally; perhaps you too have some great ideas that can be brought before our politicians.
“I am only interested in my community and the families I serve and hope that you can reflect on my thoughts as the week unfolds.”
Speaking to Yahoo, Mr Fisher explained that it is ‘still too soon’ to reopen in July and that September is a ‘much safer time’ to bring back teaching into classrooms.
Nurses ‘in tears’ after group of friends send huge stack of pizzas to hospital anonymously
The friends sent the pizza to staff at their local critical care unit
A group of friends chipped in to order a load of pizzas to nurses working on a critical care unit, in a fantastic act of kindness.
One of the nurses who received the food said she was ‘lost for words’, after some anonymous good Samaritans ordered a huge takeaway for staff at their local hospital.
Critical care nurse Tina Waltho tweeted a photo of the pizza boxes, which turned up this week at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Staff were surprised when a takeaway driver dropped off six pizzas – margherita, pepperoni, meat feast, chicken, BBQ and veggie – as well as two garlic breads from an ‘unknown source’.
The pizzas had been sent by a group of close friends, who had dipped into their own pockets to spread some cheer to under-pressure and hungry NHS workers.
Tina said: “At a time when healthcare staff feel so low and deflated, responses like this remind us that we are supported.”
She added in a later tweet: “The nurse who had been in charge on the day shift was in tears. She had barely eaten all day and was a little emotional. It really has reported our faith in humans”.
The tweet received a lot of praise, with thousands of retweets and likes, and some people even saying they would copy their example and make a similar gesture.
One person wrote: “What an amazing gesture. The next generation make me proud.”
While the group of friends remain anonymous, nurses did discover that the pizzas came from a takeaway based in Stone, Staffordshire.
*An earlier version of this article said the pizza was sent by a group of sixth form students, this has been corrected.
Jason Manford has been driving the elderly and vulnerable to their Covid-19 vaccinations
He shared his busy day with his followers
Jason Manford has been out and about in Greater Manchester, helping people get their Covid-19 vaccinations.
The comedian has been out in Stockport helping locals get to vaccine centres, and he managed to get a cheeky dig in at anti-vaxxers while he was at it.
The 39-year-old posted a photo from a vaccination centre car park in Heald Green, sharing his ‘busy day’ with his followers.
Jason, who’s from Salford, took aim at people who believe anti-vaccination theories about Bill Gates and microchips.
He wrote: “Busy day at the vaccination centre today here in Heald Green. Have already taken 3 people & have got another 3 to do! Same again tomorrow & Friday.
“I do wonder why Bill Gates wants to chip poor old Doris from Offerton, but ours is not to reason why I suppose.”
Fans took to the comments to praise the comic, with one saying: “Doing a fantastic job, Jason. World’s a better place with people like you in it”.
Another added: “Absolute credit . Other celebs should take a leaf out of your book pal”.
Jason was previously awarded for his efforts in helping others during the coronavirus crisis, receiving The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Special Recognition Award.
The comedian said he was ‘chuffed’ to receive the award, after he was recognised for his ‘outstanding activity and contributing to the community amid the coronavirus pandemic’ as a volunteer at charity Rainbow Haven.
He added that it was a privilege to ‘do his bit’ during these testing times.
People are sharing a simple hack for relieving migraines that ‘works wonders’
Make sure you know this one
A hack that uses a simple household clothes peg has gone viral on social media, with tonnes of people reporting how well it works at relieving symptoms of a migraine.
Around six million people suffer from migraines in the UK, with an estimated 190,000 attacks every day in England.
According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), a migraine is a headache disorder that manifests as recurring attacks that last from four to 72 hours involving a throbbing head pain or moderate to severe intensity.
Often, it is often accompanied by nausea, and sometimes by vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound and other stimuli.
Sharing on Facebook, Kaz Meakin said that sometimes her migraines would be so bad she ‘would be in bed for days with them’. However, she added that the simple hack with a clothes peg is simple and the only thing that relieves the pain.
Sharing a photo of the peg clipped on the skin between thumb and first finger, she wrote: “Whoever told me this idea for migraines, thank you.
“My head has been killing me over the last week and I have a peg in the car… it might look daft, but it bloody works, so a massive thank you.”
The post racked up over 169K shares with Kaz telling people to persevere with the peg and move the peg to find your pressure point.
After receiving questions in the comments, Kaz did confirm that it is ‘just a normal clothes peg’, before adding that ‘if it doesn’t work first time try moving it to find your pressure point. Don’t give up’.
She added: “Yes I do suffer with really bad migraines to the point I would be in bed for days with them. This has really helped me.”