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My son has lost his sense of taste and smell so I keep him at home for fear he has Covid

A MUM person who kept her son home from school when he was suffering from Covid symptoms spoke of her anger after she was fined.

Annette Connolly says eight-year-old Harrison will never return to Lawrence View Elementary School in Eastwood, Nottingham after row.

Angry mother Annette Connolly says she dragged her right-year-old son Harrison out of school after she was fined for keeping him at home when he developed Covid symptoms

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Angry mother Annette Connolly says she dragged her right-year-old son Harrison out of school after she was fined for keeping him at home when he developed Covid symptomsCredit: BPM

The 44-year-old man with three other children pressed: “They don’t have a sympathetic look.

“He’s not going back to school after this.”

She told the Nottingham Post She decided not to let Harrison go to class after she caught Covid earlier this month.

The boy then also started showing symptoms.

He feels “sick”, weak and has a cough – but tested negative for the virus.

Despite his PCR results, Ms Connolly decided to keep him off for an extra day after saying he subsequently lost his sense of taste and smell.

“I don’t know if he got it, but he probably did,” she said.

‘Mr. is NOT BACK’

“I kept him away from the others and tried to protect them.”

However, the school then called and asked Harrison to come into the house.

When she refused, she was told she would be fined.

The school said the financial penalties were issued only as a “last resort” after “several efforts to address low school attendance with a family”.

Ms Connolly said: “Things have been hard enough for me this year and things are getting tight.

“They don’t have empathy or sympathy when all I’m trying to do is be a mother.

“It’s a pity because we already have a good relationship with the school.

“Harrison has a good group of friends that he will really miss.

MUM’S ANGER

“It’s sad that it has to end this way.”

Principal Emma McGrenaghan said: “Our school continues to follow the latest Government guidance regarding Covid and I would like to reassure parents that we continue to put additional protective measures in place. supplements in schools to keep students and staff safe.

“If a child is healthy enough and gets a negative PCR test result, they can go back to school.

“We will not knowingly put our families in schools at risk.

“The school is committed to providing a high-quality education to our students and where there are barriers to regular attendance, we will always strive to work with families.”

Young people across the country must now wear masks in schools to prevent the spread of mutant Omicron variant.

Children in Grade 7 and up, as well as staff, should wear face coverings in common areas of schools and colleges.

The Education Department said secondary school students were “recommended” to return to wearing face coverings in corridors and dormitories.

And children who come into contact with Omicron contacts will be self-isolating for 10 days – Potentially disrupting learning.

However, no new regulations on wearing masks during school hours and in the classroom have been announced.

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Huynh Nguyen

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