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Preparations are underway for the consultative ballot and further campaign resources will be circulated in advance of the ballot opening.
LG Hustings – Thursday 15th April, 7pm
Three of the five major parties have now confirmed they will send a representative to our online hustings event which will be live-streamed on Facebook.
LG ‘One Year of Covid’ Survey – Members should have already received a national reminder, however please see link below
Return of schools
As you will be aware nearly all pupils are due to return to full-time school when the Easter holidays end.
However, children who are on the shielding list are advised to stay at home until 26 April, in line with advice from the Chief Medical Officer. All other pupils, will return to school once the summer term starts.
Strict 2 metre physical distancing between pupils in secondary schools will be removed and schools will consider how they can strengthen other mitigations.
Following the national expansion of lateral flow testing, twice-weekly tests are available for all school staff in primary, secondary and special schools and for secondary school pupils.
More info on the return of schools here:
Reassurance of Safety of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test
There have been inaccurate posts on social media and on-line regarding the safety of Covid-19 lateral flow tests in relation to the use of ethylene oxide in the sterilization of the swabs. We urge everyone to get their facts from reputable sources.
Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Public Health England COVID-19 Incident Director, said:
“Parents, children and staff should feel reassured that lateral flow tests used in schools have been rigorously tested and are completely safe to use on a regular basis. Any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate and harmful misinformation.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said:
“Lateral flow tests have been rigorously tested and are safe to use on a regular basis. Any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate and harmful misinformation.
“The manufacturers have confirmed that 1-2ug/g of ethylene oxide is used in the swabs, which is well within national/international safety standards.
“We are working closely with social media platforms to help them identify and take action to remove incorrect claims about the pandemic, including deliberately false information that could endanger people’s health.”