A principal who dismissed 500 students says that the school is exposed to “excessive stress”.


Kevin Sexton of Chesterfield High School in Crosby said there were “major problems” and the track-and-trace system was not working.

A principal from Liverpool has commented on the “undue stress” to which the students and staff of his school are subjected, as 500 students have been sent home because of the corona virus.

Kevin Sexton of Chesterfield High School in Crosby said there are “big problems” in the schools

“The employees we have laid off are waiting for test results, tracking takes days until we receive a response from the helplines.

He said: “I’ve been here since 6:30 this morning to send another bubble home, we now have over 500 students in a school with 1,300 children who are out of school, who have no access to education, and this is not helped by the lack of investment in track and trace, especially for schools and educational staff.

Mr Sexton spoke this morning on BBC Radio Four about the situation in his school.

Mr Sexton was asked what arrangements have been made for the children who are not receiving education.

“It takes hours and hours of our time, which we have to follow and track down individually to ensure our safety, and this continues into the evening hours and weekends.

“This places an unreasonable burden on the children and staff.

“The exam courses are a priority, but that is what we are concerned about, there seems to be no plan for years 11, 12 and 13.

he said: “We learn from a distance and do as much as possible, but each school is in its own situation, depending on the infrastructure it has.

The principal was asked where he thought the transmission came from and he said that it is a major concern that children use public transport to get to school.

He said: “We have no direct evidence that the virus is passed from child to child, because those who are positive are not necessarily in friendship groups, but with 500 children in a school, schools are clearly a big problem.

Cases continue to increase locally, with Knowsley and Liverpool showing the two highest rates in the region at 516 and 515 per 100,000 respectively.

“We do not have enough transport to adequately separate children on their way to and from school, and the other children are given public buses, so this is a major problem”.


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