Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 14th February 2022

Really alarming Covid-19 news for Buckinghamshire this week! The reliable ONS Infection Survey shows a steep INCREASE in the number of people with Covid in Bucks. An astonishing 1 in 17 people in Bucks have Covid. The number of people in hospital with Covid is also UP again. And yet people are NOT coming forward to get vaccinated in large numbers. Today, BuDS is warning everyone that the pandemic in Bucks is NOT OVER and that you still need to protect yourself against Covid, whatever the Government may say. Read on for more.

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Fair4All Education: Professional Volunteers Wanted

Are you an education professional working with SEND children and young people? Do you have a keen interest in supporting young people, their families and teachers?  We are looking for professional volunteers to join our Fair4All Education project to help us with our research, analysis and reporting. We want SEND education in Buckinghamshire to be as good as it can be. Could you help us with your professional skills and knowledge? We are open to volunteers from education, consultancies and within local Government.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 7th February 2022

The number of infected people in Bucks is back on the INCREASE according to the most reliable data, although the number of public-reported positive tests continues to fall. The number of people in hospital with Covid and dying of Covid in Bucks remains HIGH, although thankfully both totals fell last week. With 1 in every 22 people still infected with Covid-19, it is still essential that everyone takes strict precautions against catching the virus. Read on for more…

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 31st January 2022

The number of infected people in Bucks is back on the INCREASE, with 1 in every 24 people in Bucks now infected. Hospitalisations and deaths from Covid-19 also continued to climb in Bucks last week. All the data shows that the Omicron pandemic in Bucks is starting to get WORSE again, and so it is still essential that everyone takes strict precautions against catching Omicron. Read on for more…

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Specialist Teaching Consultation – Can We See Your Response?

Did you respond to the recent Specialist Teaching Consultation from Bucks Council? If so, could you please send a copy to BuDS’ Fair4All Education project? It will help us to understand how people feel about the consultation.

An easy way to do this is using your emails. If, when you filled in the consultation you selected the box at the end to be emailed a copy of your responses, you should have received an email with your responses on it. You should then be able to search ‘Specialist Teaching Consultation’ in your emails – if it finds the email, you can then either copy it or forward it to us, using the details below.

Please don’t worry – we will remove all identifying information from your response before it is circulated, even within the BuDS Fair4All Education team.

To send us your response, please email the Fair4All Education project coordinator, Angie, at: angieb@buds.org.uk, using the subject ‘Specialist Teaching Consultation’.

Back in the Saddle – Update 22

Today marks the anniversary of when I first started my virtual attempt to cycle the equivalent distance of a route from Land’s End to John o’Groats.  When I set off, this time last year, I thought I’d be completing about 5km a day and that I’d be able to complete the distance in round about a year.  Due to a major Chronic Fatigue flare, which started in March, 2021 really didn’t pan out the way I had envisaged.  However, I am proud to say that despite everything, I have managed to get on the exercise bike every single day.  Some days I only managed to pedal 0.25km but even these tiny distances add up and they each got me bit further along the route.  The youngest woman to climb both sides of Mount Everest and also ski solo to the South Pole, Mollie Hughes, said a great thing in an interview recently.  It was something along the lines of, when you are doing a challenge, it’s not about aiming to reach the goal, it’s about achieving the best you can each day.  I wholeheartedly agree with that.

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Early Warning About The Omicron BA.2 Variant

BuDS would like to issue an early warning about the rapid spread in the UK of a new Covid-19 variant, known for the moment as Omicron BA.2. Read on for more…

BuDS has used only reliable scientific and academic publications to write this article, including the UKHSA’s own bulletins. But scientific understanding of BA.2 is still at an early stage, so what we say is not definitely confirmed yet.

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Finally – Some Good Covid-19 News

We are delighted to be able to bring you some reliable, good news about Covid-19 in Bucks. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Infection Survey measures the number of people infected with Covid-19 in a very reliable way. Because the survey does not rely on people deciding whether to get tested or register their test result, it is the best way of understanding how many people have got Covid-19.

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