Covid: Parents threaten to sue school if kids given Covid vaccines without permission

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17 parents serve a 'cease and desist' legal notice to Cornish school, threatening to sue if children are vaccinated without their consent

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Parents at Tretherras School, in Newquay, Cornwall, have served a 'cease and desist' legal notice on a school.

The 17 parents of children in years seven, eight and nine are threatening to sue and possibly pursue GBH charges if their kids are given Covid jabs without parental consent.

All children aged 12 to 15 years are being offered the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this autumn. The government guidance states parents are 'asked for consent'.

If a child is deemed as 'competent' and refuses then 'the parent cannot overrule the decision' and the child can 'legally give consent'.

This comes as overall, about 204,300 children were out of class on September 30 for Covid-19 related reasons.

The parents told The Daily Mail that they had handed in a legal letter to the head, year leaders, safeguarding team and governors.

The figures include 102,000 pupils with a confirmed case of Covid-19, up from 59,300 on September 16, and 84,100 with a suspected case, up from 44,600.

About 11,400 were absent due to isolation for other reasons, down from 15,900 on September 16.

A further 4,800 pupils were off due to attendance restrictions being in place to manage an outbreak, up from 2,000, and 2,000 did not attend as a result of school closures due to Covid-19, up from 500.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said the “grim statistics show a big increase in the number of pupils out of school as a result of the continuing havoc caused by coronavirus.

“We are hearing from schools where there are 10% or more of pupils absent and where staff are also off work because of the virus.

“Teaching and learning is very difficult in these circumstances and it is clear that the educational disruption of the past 18 months is far from being over.”

Mr Barton has called on the new Education Secretary to urgently set out what action he intends to take to address the situation.

He added: “One thing he might do is to look at why it is taking so long to deliver the carbon dioxide monitors to schools that the Government promised at the start of term.”

Schools in England no longer have to keep pupils in year group “bubbles” to reduce mixing, and children do not have to isolate if they come into contact with a positive case of Covid-19.

Instead, they are advised to get a PCR test and only isolate if they test positive.

A recent poll by school leaders’ union NAHT suggests nearly four in five (78%) heads lack confidence in the Government’s Covid-19 guidance for schools.

More than one in four say they have already exceeded Covid-19 case thresholds set by the Government, and on average, respondents say they have had three members of staff absent due to Covid-19 this term.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the NAHT, said: “The latest data on case numbers among school-aged children should be ringing alarm bells for Government.

“Put simply, we cannot allow Covid-19 to rage unchecked in schools as it will only lead to more disruption to children’s education.”

A DfE spokeswoman said: “We are committed to protecting education, which is why the safety measures in place strike a balance between managing transmission risk with regular testing and enhanced ventilation and hygiene, and reducing disruption to face-to-face education.

“We are working with parents and school and college staff to maximise students’ time in the classroom – encouraging uptake of testing and the vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds, and contracting specialist attendance advisers to work on strategies to improve attendance where problems are identified.”