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Bury St Edmunds mother organises petition to keep schools open




A Bury St Edmunds mother of three has thrown her weight behind the Government’s decision to keep schools open amid the coronavirus pandemic, organising a petition asking for support.

Kirsty Jackson, 32, of the Mildenhall Road Estate, claims there is no scientific evidence to suggest schools are causing the spread of the virus, and that as long as all the current procedures stay in place, there should be no reason to not send children in.

Her major concern was over the long-term effects closing schools would have on children, something she felt ‘strongly’ and ‘passionately’ about.

Kirsty said she felt 'passionately' that schools should stay open	PICTURE: Mecha Morton.
Kirsty said she felt 'passionately' that schools should stay open PICTURE: Mecha Morton.

“I’m just trying to get people to see it from a different light,” she said.

“It’s not only the mental health aspect of them being away from their peers, my son was so traumatised about going back and being behind.”

Kirsty said even though the Government’s approach is currently to keep schools open, she was concerned after having had conversation’s with parents who wanted them to close.

Kirsty said she struggled to home school all three of her children during the first lockdown	PICTURE: Mecha Morton.
Kirsty said she struggled to home school all three of her children during the first lockdown PICTURE: Mecha Morton.

She said she was aware of the pupils who had been sent home from St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School on Monday after two positive tests, but that by sending around 100 pupils home the local authority was showing how seriously they were taking the threat of the virus.

Whilst concerned about the effects closing schools would have on children, Kirsty said parents could be affected as well.

She struggled to home teach her own three children, Ruby, 14, Grace, nine, and Tommy, six, during the first lockdown.

Her husband was working and she said it was hard to manage teaching children who were all at different stages of education.

Hundreds of pupils from St Edmund's Catholic Primary School were sent home to isolate earlier this week after two staff members tested positive for coronavirus	PICTURE: Mark Westley.
Hundreds of pupils from St Edmund's Catholic Primary School were sent home to isolate earlier this week after two staff members tested positive for coronavirus PICTURE: Mark Westley.

She said she was not the only one in her area either.

“To try and keep them motivated and to try and teach all three of them when they were at different stages was hard, and there were a lot of us that really struggled,” she said.

She also expressed concern for parents with children who have mental health problems or learning difficulties.

To sign Kirsty’s petition, visit: https://www.change.org/p/government-keep-schools-open-62e90f59-ad0c-4093-9980-8fa12be8dd44

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