Even though we’ve been told that face masks will not be compulsory in schools. Parents need to put the pressure on and express their deep concern over the latest government guidelines which ‘strongly advise‘ secondary school students to wear masks all day during lessons. The Conservative Woman endorses Sonia’s plea to parents to write to their child’s head teacher and to feel free to use the letter below as a template. The time has come to take action and demand that the interests of children be put above any political point scoring!
Dear Head Teacher,
I am very alarmed by the government’s ‘requirement’ that secondary school children wear masks in lessons.
Firstly, there is solid evidence that facial masks are ineffective in the fight against Covid. A very large randomised control study was done in Denmark in April and May 2020 to assess face masks for protection against the virus. The researchers did not find a statistically significant result for the effect of masks on SARS-CoV-2 infection, drawing a conclusion that they give less than 50 per cent protection which counters the presumption that they are close to 100 per cent effective. In fact, they found that wearing the mask exactly as instructed led to an increase in the infection rate.
Not only are masks ineffective in protection against the virus, there is strong scientific evidence that extended periods of mask wearing is not only detrimental to physical and mental health but also impedes learning in children/adolescents.
I have included links of scientific evidence and reports for you to read that show mask wearing all day to be harmful. The mask increases blood pressure and elevates heart rate. It puts the body in a ‘stress response’. It also:
1. Impairs verbal and non-verbal communication
2. Blocks emotional signalling between teacher and learner
3. Impedes learning
According to Dr Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, mask wearing raises the risk of hypoxia (reduction in blood oxygenation) and hypercapnia (elevation of blood CO2). This is wholly detrimental to a child’s developing brain. Dr Margarite Griesz-Brisson, a consultant neurologist and neurophysiologist, takes it one step further, saying the requirement for children to wear masks is tantamount to child abuse. Asked about the effect of masks on a young person’s brain, Dr Griesz-Brisson said: ‘To deprive a child’s or an adolescent’s brain from oxygen, or to restrict it in any way, is not only dangerous to their health, it is absolutely criminal. Oxygen deficiency inhibits the development of the brain, and the damage that has taken place as a result CANNOT be reversed.’
Furthermore, according to the European Centre for Disease Control, https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/COVID-19-schools-transmission-August%202020.pdf fewer than 5 per cent of all Covid cases, not necessarily symptomatic ones, in the EU and the UK have been reported amongst children. A survey in their report found very little evidence of child to adult transmission. Of the 15 European countries that took part, ten replied that they did not have strong indications of child-to-adult transmission, whether in schools or other settings in their country.
In Sweden, where there were no school closures for children aged 16 and under, the Public Health Authority has found that teachers were at no higher risk of Covid-19 than any other adult.
In conclusion: there is strong scientific evidence that mask wearing for extended periods by children/adolescents is extremely damaging to their health in many ways; masks have been proven to be ineffective in protecting against Covid; children are not ‘super spreaders’, countering the argument of teaching unions that teachers are at higher risk of contracting Covid from their students.
All of this points to the fact that masks do not belong in schools. I do hope you will give serious consideration to my major concerns with the government’s guideline. It is not a legal requirement and appears to appease teaching union demands at the expense of our children’s well-being.
As a head teacher, you have the power to make an informed decision based on what is in the best interests for your students’ health and well-being. Unfortunately, children have been ‘collateral damage’ in the government’s war against Covid.
A concerned parent