ASCL responds to PHE data on Covid variants in schools

04/06/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a breakdown from Public Health England (PHE) of outbreaks of Covid variants in schools. 
 
Commenting on a breakdown from Public Health England (PHE) of outbreaks of Covid variants in schools, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Any increase of Covid cases is obviously worrying, and there is particular concern about the infectivity of the Delta variant.
 
“We understand the reassurance given by Public Health England that Covid outbreaks have remained low in schools and among children following full reopening in March, and full credit must go to schools and colleges for their tireless efforts in managing safety measures.
 
“However, we remain concerned about the length of time that it has taken to obtain data about the impact of variant strains in education settings, and about early evidence which suggests that there may be an increased risk of hospitalisation for the Delta strain.
 
“The situation clearly continues to be precarious, and will need to be monitored very carefully after the half-term holiday. It is essential that data is more readily available in the future.”