THE Head of West Rise Junior School says a ‘positive outlook’ has boosted the Covid fight.

Here’s Mike Fairclough:

“A few people have asked me about Covid infection rates at my school.We have had just 3 (three) people in the school test positive between March 2020 and March 2021.During the three lockdowns, the school has had an average of 150 (one hundred and fifty) children and adults in the school building every day.

In between lockdowns, we have had over 450 (four hundred and fifty) children and adults in the school building every day.Since staff started to be tested twice a week, we have had 100% negative returns from everyone.Social distancing is not a requirement in primary schools and PPE is not a requirement.

We do have regular handwashing and operate class bubbles. This might be why we have no recorded cases of the common flu and very low numbers of people having had a common cold this winter.I also believe that a positive outlook boosts our immunity against illness.

The picture is from “World Book Day” and shows a selection of staff and me having fun dressing up for it. The staff are very positive, so naturally the children are happy and positive too.The Department for Education (the Government) have sent many reassuring messages to schools, saying that they are safe, despite adults and children being in large groups together.

Looking at our data, I would agree with the Government on this.Below is a recent statement sent to primary schools by the UK Government.“The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has in the last few days said: ‘Children’s wards are usually busy in winter. As of now we are not seeing significant pressure from COVID-19 in paediatrics across the UK. As cases in the community rise there will be a small increase in the number of children we see with COVID-19, but the overwhelming majority of children and young people have no symptoms or very mild illness only. The new variant appears to affect all ages and, as yet, we are not seeing any greater severity amongst children and young people’ There is no evidence the new strain of the virus causes more serious illness in either children or adults and there continues to be strong evidence, to date, that children and younger people (those under 18 years old) are much less susceptible to severe clinical disease than older people.”