AN ENTIRE class of students were sent home just ONE day after returning to school after a child received a positive lateral flow test – but a gold PCR test returned negative.
The students at an un-named school were sent home earlier today, meaning after just a few hours in the classroom, they were back to home-schooling.
Dr Rachel Clarke said her son, and his whole class were sent home from school today after a classmate received a positive lateral flow resultCredit: @doctor_oxford
Dr Rachel Clarke, a palliative care doctor took to Twitter and said: “You really, really couldn’t make this up.
“After one day of school, my son and 30 other pupils are self-isolating at home for 10 days after one child had a positive school lateral flow test.
“Even though the subsequent gold standard PCR test was negative.
“That’s 31 children denied face-to-face education for 10 whole days – even though @Number10press allegedly clarified yesterday that PCR superseded LFTs.
“Sheer, bureaucratic, unscientific madness.”
Dr Clarke took to Twitter to express her frustration at the confusion between testing and schools after the return to classrooms earlier this week
She asked Education Secretary Gavin Williamson why he wasn’t listening to scientists
It comes after school children only returned to the classroom yesterday, and there are currently two different testing systems in place at schools.
The reopening of schools across England for all pupils marks the “beginning of the road back to normality”, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said.
Under new rules, which began yesterday, primary pupils will not have to be tested for Covid or wear face masks.
But all secondary school children must take four coronavirus tests within the first fortnight of reopening.
Teens will be free to attend class after their first negative test but must self-isolate if positive.
They will then have to swab themselves at home twice a week and inform their school of the result.
Earlier this week students in England returned to the classroom for the first time in monthsCredit: Reuters
All students will at first receive lateral flow swabs in schools, and if students are tested at school, and it is positive then they will have to isolate for 10 days.
If students take the at home, lateral flow tests, and it is positive then they don’t need to isolate.
They must then take a PCR test, and if that returns a negative result they are free, but if it is positive they must also isolate.
Dr Clarke added: “What are you playing at @GavinWilliamson @educationgovuk? Just because a LFT was taken at school, not home, it doesn’t mean it’s more reliable than PCR.
“Why, why, why are you not listening to the scientists on this?
“This is kids’ education you are ruining.”
The Department for Education has been contacted for comment.