Bec Judd blasts rules 'locking up' children over one Covid-19 case at school

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    Rebecca Judd blasts draconian rules ‘locking up’ children and their families over just ONE Covid-19 case at school: ‘If they test negative, send them back’


    AFL WAG Rebecca Judd has called out the Victorian Health Department for shutting down a school over a single confirmed case of Covid-19.

    The 38-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday to re-share a post by Sky News host Rita Panahi, who had received a message from a concerned mother whose son’s kindergarten had been closed in Victoria due to a positive case 11 days ago.

    Melbourne-based Bec, who is fully vaccinated, commented on the post: ‘This keeps happening. The kids have been locked down enough. If they test negative, then send them back to school.’

    Had enough: AFL WAG Rebecca Judd has called out the Victorian Health Department for shutting down a school over a single confirmed case of Covid-19

    Had enough: AFL WAG Rebecca Judd has called out the Victorian Health Department for shutting down a school over a single confirmed case of Covid-19 

    The original message had read: ‘My son’s Kinder closed due to a teacher who was positive 11 days ago. Not one child is positive, yet 100 kids and their parents have been locked up.

    ‘With the new legislation coming into effect today, it would make sense that if we test negative our kids should be released? Get some fresh air? See some friends?

    ‘When we and the Kinder queried DHS over the last few days, they said they can’t release any information of how the new legislation would be implemented until today – yet we have still heard nothing! We can’t live like this.’

    While the majority of children are back at school in Victoria after 272 days of lockdown, the state government website says closures may come as a result of Covid-19 and other factors including staff shortages, construction and bushfire preparedness.

    Not happy: The 38-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday to re-share a post by Sky News host Rita Panahi, who had received this message from a concerned mother whose son's kindergarten had been closed in Victoria due to a positive case 11 days ago

    Not happy: The 38-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday to re-share a post by Sky News host Rita Panahi, who had received this message from a concerned mother whose son’s kindergarten had been closed in Victoria due to a positive case 11 days ago

    In response to a positive case, the Early Childhood Education Centres (ECEC) must inform the Department of Education (DEC), who may recommend that the service pre-emptively close for 48 hours in order to identify and notify primary close contacts.

    In terms of re-opening, it adds: ‘The decision to re-open will depend on whether the service can continue to meet their regulatory obligations under the National Law.

    ‘This may mean that many services will be unable to re-open for the full 14 days since last exposure.’

    Rebecca and her husband, former Carlton captain Chris Judd, are parents to son Oscar, 10, daughter Billie, seven, and twin boys Tom and Darcy, five.

    Family: Rebecca and her husband, former AFL star Chris Judd, are parents to son Oscar, 10, daughter Billie, seven, and twin boys Tom and Darcy, five. Pictured: Bec and her twins

    Family: Rebecca and her husband, former AFL star Chris Judd, are parents to son Oscar, 10, daughter Billie, seven, and twin boys Tom and Darcy, five. Pictured: Bec and her twins

    She recently spoke about the hardships of homeschooling during lockdown, telling Now to Love: ‘Every day is a little bit crazy.’

    Bec explained she focuses on her day job in the evenings before dinner and after her kids go to sleep, leaving the days free for schooling.

    ‘It’s pretty hard to get any work done with four kids home schooling, and keeping on top of the house,’ she added.

    The Jaggad co-founder said that while her packed daily routine isn’t ‘ideal’, she remains positive because she ‘won’t be working like this forever’.

    Struggles: She recently spoke about the hardships of homeschooling during lockdown, telling Now to Love: 'Every day is a little bit crazy'

    Struggles: She recently spoke about the hardships of homeschooling during lockdown, telling Now to Love: ‘Every day is a little bit crazy’ 

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