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    They are considering EXTENDING the school hols by a MONTH cos of swine flu!!

    THE school summer holiday may be extended by at least a MONTH because of swine flu.

    Education chiefs will monitor increases in the spread of the virus and tell heads in late August.

    Around 1,000 schools have already reported cases of the bug.

    Among youngsters to have died are six-year-old Chloe Buckley. Her school, St Catherine Roman Catholic Primary in West Drayton, West London, was closed early for the summer break. Most schools broke up yesterday.

    A planning document by the Department of Health suggests that if the current growth in cases continues there could be a peak in the pandemic in early September with up to a third of the population sick.

    But Health Secretary Andy Burnham predicted cases could fall in the summer months, as kids stop mixing in class. There could then be a resurgence of the bug when schools reopen in the autumn.

    The number of deaths linked to swine flu stands at 29, with no fatalities reported yesterday.

    A statement from the Department for Children, Schools and Families said: "It is important to know what will happen at the start of the term.

    "We expect that schools will reopen as usual, but at this time, we cannot be certain what the situation will be. We will need to monitor developments over the summer."

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    A BOY who died in Strood, Kent, did not have swine flu, health officials have confirmed.

    He attended English Martyrs Roman Catholic Primary - not Sherwin Knight Infants as reported, which has not been hit by the bug.

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    I can understand why they might do this but also it would course lots of problems for people who need to go to work & cant get the time off as they already had time off over the 6 weeks hols.

    Im hoping swine flu may of slowed down by September but i cant see it happening

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    crikey 6 weeks is enough lol xxx

    If they do, I wonder if the staff willl get paid during the closure.........interesting.

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    If they are going to catch it then they will anyway!

    Whos going to provide the childcare for all these kids??

    Load of rubbish, childminderes will be crammed so it wont be solving a damn thing!

    xxx

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    even if it comes to your child's safety?

    I think its a good idea, but probably won't happen.

    your having a giraffe !

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    student_mummy;5787824

    If they are going to catch it then they will anyway!Whos going to provide … If they are going to catch it then they will anyway!Whos going to provide the childcare for all these kids?? Load of rubbish, childminderes will be crammed so it wont be solving a damn thing!xxx



    No, schools are breeding grounds for any virus, the government are taking relevant precautions bearing in mind children sneeze cough and everything else all over each other.

    Childminders never have the responsibility of 29-32 children, so the chances of the influenza spreading would be dramatically reduced.

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    H_K;5787826

    even if it comes to your child's safety?I think its a good idea, but … even if it comes to your child's safety?I think its a good idea, but probably won't happen.



    My daughters already had it so yeh, whole thing is blown out of proportion! :thumbsup:

    The government will never do it, where would they send all the kids?

    Are they going to pay people a wage to stay at home with their kids and allow their jobs to be kept open for them?? Not bloody likely!

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    tinkerbell28;5787846

    They had better not, safety my foot. What are you going to do for a … They had better not, safety my foot. What are you going to do for a month, take them to town, supermarket, soft play, to visit families, swimming, the park with other kids, all perfect areas for virus transmission. I don't say that lightly with a child with additional risks and my profession either:)



    exactly, what do they think kids do all summer anyways??? :roll:

    They are hardly in isolation atm, there are loads of kids in summer clubs, full time nursery etc. What a load of nonsense!!!

    just hope they send us a months worth school work for the kids

    Until this is reported in a more reputable source I wouldn't worry.....

    next they will be staying home from school because of headlice, measles, mumps,chicken poxs :x

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    H_K;5787837

    No, schools are breeding grounds for any virus, the government are taking … No, schools are breeding grounds for any virus, the government are taking relevant precautions bearing in mind children sneeze cough and everything else all over each other.Childminders never have the responsibility of 29-32 children, so the chances of the influenza spreading would be dramatically reduced.



    So is everywhere else.... as Tinks said! :thumbsup:

    Childminders may not but private nurseries and summer clubs do.... they can catch if from anyone. If its spreading like they say it is then just go about your normal life, you will catch it no matter what you do!

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    richp;5787897

    next they will be staying home from school because of headlice, measles, … next they will be staying home from school because of headlice, measles, mumps,chicken poxs :x



    yup, one case and it will be a pandemic :lol:

    the school will be shut for a month! :w00t:

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    student_mummy;5787862

    My daughters already had it so yeh, whole thing is blown out of … My daughters already had it so yeh, whole thing is blown out of proportion! :thumbsup:



    I rest my case. And she hasn't HAD it, she still HAS it. It will be dormant and flare up during the autumn and winter again. I hope you are taking precautions with her and not spreading it yourself.

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    oh my good god i couldnt cope with that....lol

    Cant see this happening at all.....too much money lost all round ...wages to be paid ..child care nah cant see the goverment doin this

    Waste of time considering the symptoms are pretty mild for the majority of people.

    I thought it had been around in most schools now anyway.... certainly a fair few schools in my LEA have had cases. Sounds like a bit of an overreaction to me.

    H_K;5787911

    I rest my case. And she hasn't HAD it, she still HAS it. It will be … I rest my case. And she hasn't HAD it, she still HAS it. It will be dormant and flare up during the autumn and winter again. I hope you are taking precautions with her and not spreading it yourself.



    Nope she has had it and has it no more. If she has now recovered she is not infectious and does not carry the virus and cannot get this particular strain again.

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    H_K;5787911

    I rest my case. And she hasn't HAD it, she still HAS it. It will be … I rest my case. And she hasn't HAD it, she still HAS it. It will be dormant and flare up during the autumn and winter again. I hope you are taking precautions with her and not spreading it yourself.



    No ive been taking her swimming and to soft play areas everyday to mingle with other kids....:roll:

    Duh!

    This whole thing is hilarious, 6 months from now we will all be satying swine what?!?!?

    Keep panicking if you like though :thumbsup:

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    gari189;5787939

    Nope she has had it and has it no more. If she has now recovered she is … Nope she has had it and has it no more. If she has now recovered she is not infectious and does not carry the virus and cannot get this particular strain again.



    Thank you


    Weve had it, fought it and beat it - end of!
    Just like normal flu :thumbsup:

    H_K;5787911

    I rest my case. And she hasn't HAD it, she still HAS it. It will be … I rest my case. And she hasn't HAD it, she still HAS it. It will be dormant and flare up during the autumn and winter again. I hope you are taking precautions with her and not spreading it yourself.



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    tinkerbell28;5787961

    Eh? Sorry H_K that makes no sense at all, are you saying SM daughter, … Eh? Sorry H_K that makes no sense at all, are you saying SM daughter, will be a carrier of the virus and should therefore be staying in quarantine as it will resurface in the winter, as that is medically wrong, sorry if I misunderstood.



    So how much of the population should be hibernating in their houses then??? hmmm :roll:

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    you'll see. best of luck with her though...lol

    I can't wait - the population needs thinning anyway.

    Problem - can't get childcare?

    Solution - don't have kids.


    Simples:-D

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    H_K;5788050

    you'll see. best of luck with her though...lol



    you a psychic now are you?? :roll:

    and how exactly is my child's ill health funny to you?? sick sick woman!

    Unbelievable that someone like you is teaching children, un- friggin- believable!!!

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    grex9101;5788121

    Problem - can't get childcare?Solution - don't have kids.Simples:-D



    haha repped. I agree, if you can't pay for the kids, don't bloody 'ave em!!

    grex9101;5788121

    Problem - can't get childcare?Solution - don't have kids.Simples:-D



    That goes against evevything you have said - you disagree against mum's on beneifts but there you go being an **** about working mums. Make your mind up!

    grex9101;5788121

    Problem - can't get childcare?Solution - don't have kids.Simples:-D


    Just remember its our kids that will pay your state and private pension. Private pensions are paid out of funds invested in companies and who do you think will be working in those companies in 30 or 40 years time? Thats why the govt wants us to have kids - its either that or more immigration - which some people on here are very much against, including you I seem to recall.

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    [QUOTE=gari189;5788259]Just remember its our kids that will pay your state and private pension. Private pensions are paid out of funds invested in companies and who do you think will be working in those companies in 30 or 40 years time? Thats why the govt wants us to have kids - its either that or more immigration - which some people on here are very much against, including you I seem to recall.[/QUOTE]

    What a brilliant reply :-D

    student_mummy;5788270

    [QUOTE=gari189;5788259]Just remember its our kids that will pay your state … [QUOTE=gari189;5788259]Just remember its our kids that will pay your state and private pension. Private pensions are paid out of funds invested in companies and who do you think will be working in those companies in 30 or 40 years time? Thats why the govt wants us to have kids - its either that or more immigration - which some people on here are very much against, including you I seem to recall.[/QUOTE]What a brilliant reply :-D


    +1..

    Studentmummy.... am wishing your little girl a total recovery and a happy Summers Holiday. And a big :thumbsup: for your dignafied posts. xxxx

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    Sheena0104;5788312

    [QUOTE=student_mummy;5788270]+1..Studentmummy.... am wishing your little … [QUOTE=student_mummy;5788270]+1..Studentmummy.... am wishing your little girl a total recovery and a happy Summers Holiday. And a big :thumbsup: for your dignafied posts. xxxx



    Thanks so much huni :-D x x x

    fireheaven;5788243

    That goes against evevything you have said - you disagree against mum's … That goes against evevything you have said - you disagree against mum's on beneifts but there you go being an **** about working mums. Make your mind up!



    Not exactly the point though, is it?

    It seems to be that some people just pop them out with nary a care for how they will cope in all eventualities. Moaning that a school will be closed for an extra 4 weeks just proves that some people see it more of a childcare facility than a means for their child to gain an education...

    gari189;5788259

    Just remember its our kids that will pay your state and private pension. … Just remember its our kids that will pay your state and private pension. Private pensions are paid out of funds invested in companies and who do you think will be working in those companies in 30 or 40 years time? Thats why the govt wants us to have kids - its either that or more immigration - which some people on here are very much against, including you I seem to recall.



    You're right, of course.

    However people shouldn't be having kids without the means to support them.
    Those without sufficient finances or qualifications to obtain and maintain a decent quality of life for the child should not be permitted to have them in the first place.

    (perhaps slightly tongue in cheek)

    Hope it lasts a month, i may get my birthday off school! YER! :thumbsup:

    I dunno if I had it... OD'd on oranges and vicks vapour rub.. gone in 2 days

    In a few years we'll probably look back and say "we were the swines that fell for it"
    As with anything... kids are less immune to stuff like this.. which is why we need to watch out for them.

    A few details which people dont read about the tamiflu:

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    Side effects (possible): Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, skin reactions, mild to moderate nausea and vomitin, anaphylactic shock (like what happened to will smith in Hitch),

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    Side effects may include:
    Abdominal pain, asthma, bronchitis, cough, diarrhea, ear infection, fatigue, headache, insomnia, nausea, nosebleed, vertigo, vomiting

    A serious question... have any of you sent your kids to a chickenpox party? I dont have kids or anything but someone mentioned it.. and I thought they were taking the mike... topic then went onto flu party.. and having one is like having a flu jab (which is in essence an injection of a flu strain).

    Schools closed for 1 month? I heard some parents caused a riot in a school by trying to get it to close down!

    Good recovering to everyone that has a flu.

    tinkerbell28;5788471

    Glad it's tongue in cheek, both me and the hubby are educated to degree … Glad it's tongue in cheek, both me and the hubby are educated to degree level, we have the means to support our kids without me working, which is a good job as our eldest has mental disabilities, even so, I still don't want them having a month of school, they will be loosing a month of education, mainly because the teachers see it as an excuse to get a month off:w00t:



    I would imagine the teachers would still be required to go to work, so it'd be like a month of "in-service" days.

    And good for you, it seems you've got it right.

    Unfortunately, there are too many neanderthals who pop brat after brat out to different fathers with nothing to contribut to the child or society as a whole.

    Personally, I'd have these children taken away - if the parent is a failure, then the child will likely grow up to be one too. As we all know, failure can be costly...

    I would guess that this latest hoo-ha has arisen from some planning proposal for the various eventualities that might arise.
    I have had a look through some of the government and NHS sites, as I am interested in disease and pandemics and can see that the worst case scenario, which is NOT a prediction is for 30 percent of people likely to get swine flu in the population in the first wave - some time between now and the end of winter and a fatality rate of 0.35% with a potential death toll of 65,000. The worst case scenario is most unlikely to come to pass but they have to plan and strategise for it.
    It is fairly clear that, as children seem more susceptible to the swine flu virus in its present form and as teachers will have their own children falling ill and contract the illness as well themselves, that it might be sensible to at least plan for the worst case scenario.
    I haven't seen a suggestion that schools may be closed for an extra 4 weeks but it seems perfectly possible that strategic planning would include just that.

    As to teachers having any say what-so-ever in it - that would be the day!!

    chesso;5788671

    I would guess that this latest hoo-ha has arisen from some planning … I would guess that this latest hoo-ha has arisen from some planning proposal for the various eventualities that might arise.I have had a look through some of the government and NHS sites, as I am interested in disease and pandemics and can see that the worst case scenario, which is NOT a prediction is for 30 percent of people likely to get swine flu in the population in the first wave - some time between now and the end of winter and a fatality rate of 0.35% with a potential death toll of 65,000. The worst case scenario is most unlikely to come to pass but they have to plan and strategise for it.It is fairly clear that, as children seem more susceptible to the swine flu virus in its present form and as teachers will have their own children falling ill and contract the illness as well themselves, that it might be sensible to at least plan for the worst case scenario.I haven't seen a suggestion that schools may be closed for an extra 4 weeks but it seems perfectly possible that strategic planning would include just that.As to teachers having any say what-so-ever in it - that would be the day!!



    another well-balanced and articulate post! :friends:


    It's only sensible for all agencies and companies to plan for the worst case scenario, forewarned is forearmed and all that. The truth is, no-one knows how bad this will/could get. Chances are it'll fritter away to nothing, but if there is even a small chance that mass deaths may occur, we need to be prepared.
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