After a British school told its parents it would require them to purchase a mask for their children, a campaign group fighting the Covid crisis’ children’s rights has called that school ‘despicable. 

UsforThem received the strong-worded letter addressed to parents by the school unidentified. The letter stated that students should not arrive without their masks at school and would not be tolerated. 

UsforThem published the letter via Twitter. It stated that their ‘non negotiable’ approach to child abuse, which included removing children from school if they forgot their masks, was unacceptable. 

Based on guidance from local authorities, schools can decide whether or not to wear masks in public areas like corridors and classrooms. 

This week it emerged that schools across England are closing as the head teachers enforce their own “circuit breaking” rules.

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Schools are asked to listen to guidance from local authorities and then make a decision on mask wearing; Children's campaign group Us for Them shared a letter, thought to be sent by a secondary school this month to parents, stating a 'non-negotiable' approach to mask wearing

Schools should listen to the advice of local authorities before making a decision regarding mask wearing. Us for Them is a campaign group for children. We shared this letter from Us for Them which was thought to have been written by a secondary schools to parents. The letter stated that there would be no compromises on wearing masks. 

The letter, which has been questioned by some because it references an incorrect date, tells parents that students who forget their masks must donate to charity to get one, and if they do it on multiple occasions, they'll be isolated from class

Some have questioned the authenticity of the letter. It states that parents must give money to charities to receive a mask. Students who fail to do so on more than one occasion will be expelled from school.

The group wrote: We’ve seen some disturbing things since we launched 18 months ago, but this might be No. 1. This is a despicable way to treat children and it’s time to start calling it what it is ~ Child abuse.’ 

This month’s letter to parents explains that students will be removed from school on Monday 23 November without wearing masks. It states: “If students come to school without a face mask, they are issued with one. 

These cannot be given away for free. For an emergency mask we require a contribution to Young Minds (a mental healthcare charity). 

It continues, “For students who continue to forget their mask, there won’t be any option to purchase another.” For the duration of their absence, students will remain in an isolated area and be required to wear a mask every day. 

A Twitter user replied to the letter by asking: “Why do parents allow it to happen?” This behavior will continue for as long as parents allow it to happen. Simply say no. This is a sure bet that the author of this article hasn’t been masked for more than 8 hours per days. 

Another added: ‘I’d like to see how they would deal with putting every child into isolation if they all turned up without masks. They would have to all be kept in their own rooms, I suppose.

Some people praised the rule’s firm approach. One person wrote: “Wow. It clearly outlines the rules of school. Shock! Shock!   

Some schools are closing in England because of fears of a Covid crisis. Head teachers have imposed their own “circuit breaks” and sent children home for learning remotely to address Covid.

St Mary's Church of England Primary in Credenhill, Hereford shut for a week yesterday despite implementing a deep cleaning regime, increased handwashing and sanitising, compulsory PPE, separated year groups and staggered playtimes and lunches

Yesterday, St Mary’s Church of England Primary, Credenhill, Hereford, was closed for one week despite having implemented a deep clean regime, more handwashing, sanitising and compulsory PPE. Separate year groups were also established and there are staggered lunches and playtimes. 

Campaigners warned more schools might follow their lead this winter after St Mary’s Church of England in Hereford and Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio (Lancashire) announced that they would be closing down for at most a week due to a rise in Covid cases.

Arabella Skinner, a parent organization UsForThem that fought for children’s access to schools after being shut down in March 2013, told The Telegraph, “These isolated school closings are not permanent.

It is possible that more such examples will be seen in the weeks leading up Christmas. How long will we continue to expect our children to be second-class citizens?

Yesterday, St Mary’s Church of England Primary, Credenhill, was closed for one week despite having implemented a deep-cleaning regime, more handwashing, sanitising and compulsory PPE. Separate year groups were also created and all meals and play times are staggered.

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio, a secondary school in Lancashire which teaches pupils aged 13 to 19, has also told families that their children will be learning remotely until at least next Thursday 'in light of the number of cases and the advice given'

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio in Lancashire, which is secondary school for pupils 13-19 years of age, has told parents that their children would be studying remotely from Thursday to at most next week ‘in light the numerous cases and the advice’

Bernadette Davies, head teacher at the school, wrote to her families explaining that the break was intended to “circuit-breaker” and stop the transmission of Covid-19 in the school.

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio is a secondary school that teaches students aged 13-19 years old. It has informed families that they will teach their children remotely up to next Thursday, “in light of the many cases and the advice received”.

The Department for Education’s current guidance states that schools might impose short-term attendance restrictions in “extreme cases” and in “last resorts where other risk mitigations do not break the chains of in school transmission”.

Lockdown at a crushing price: A devastating audit reveals how one year of restrictions has left students struggling to cope

Research has shown that children with disabilities are twice as likely than their peers to have difficulty learning at home. This is a stark reminder of the devastating effects lockdowns can have on them.

One in five pupils who are poorer than the rest struggled to cope, and many students spent days not working.

A Daily Mail audit of studies during the pandemic shows children have lost at least six months of normal, in-person lessons, translating to an estimated £40,000 loss in lifetime earnings if they do not catch up.

Every child is behind by one month in learning, and primary school students are behind by three months in maths.

Last Friday, March 20th was the last day schools were allowed to be closed. The following twelve months saw three lockdowns, which meant that children could not learn in schools.

Online lessons were not offered in sufficient numbers by many schools. More than one million children did not have access to a tablet or laptop at the outbreak.

In January and February, 18 percent of the families surveyed struggled with learning online. This compares to just 9 percentage of the children in better circumstances.

One snap poll found one in ten poor pupils had done no work that day – compared with just one in 20 better-off pupils. In the February half-term of 2018, a third (33%) of low-income parents had rated their homeschooling experience as “low”, compared to only 25% of other parents.

Three out of five parents with a disability had difficulty understanding their home education tasks – compared to only two percent for other parents.

It involves 1,200 parents from 75 schools. The Education Endowment Foundation funded the study.

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, children had lost approximately half of a year’s normal in-person education by February half-term. It said the average child could lose £40,000 from their lifetime’s income unless they are helped to catch up.

The Education Policy Institute reported that all children were at least one month behind due to the pandemic.