21. Child - concerns & refusal of infra red forehead thermometer taking in school

Many schools are forcing their pupils to undergo forehead testing for which and rightly so, parents have concerns over the safety of Infra red forehead testing.  As with anything medical, you as a parent have the right to refuse and give consent to your child being forehead testing which has not been proved to be safe.  There are other methods of temperature taking available which are safe and many parents believe that schools should opt for the known safer methods.

This letter is addressed to the Headteacher, I would advise you send a copy to the Local Education Authority also as this may encourage the Education Authority to reassess their temperature taking methods accordingly.  Simply copy and paste the letter or you can download a PDF version at the base of the letter for those who have a PDF editor.

**Remember to include your details in the relevant (Bracket) areas to personalise it**  *Please note this letter is available in a choice of downloadable formats to include Microsoft Doc., ODT (Word) or PDF below the letter.

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(Your Name) 

(Your Address)

Tel. No: (   )

Email: (   )

Dated: (Today's Date)

For the attention of The Headteacher

 (Name & Address of School)

Dear [Headteacher's Name],
Re: Concerns regarding Infra red Forehead Testing – Child's Name: 
I am writing to you with regards to your coronavirus protocols being used in the school.   I understand that you wish to regularly test my child's  temperature using an Infra red Forehead Gun. I hereby register to you  in writing and as a parent, that I do not consent for my child to  undergo regular Infra red Forehead Testing in school and only give consent to my child's  temperature being checked either via the wrist or ear thermometer.

There are very good reasons for requesting this, having consulted with medical professionals, it is clear to me that repeated temperature testing at the forehead with an 'infrared ray' gun thermometer has never been shown to be safe, and could cause significant harm and health risks.
When one aims an infrared ray at the forehead, the gun directly targets the pineal gland. In case you were not aware, the pineal gland is a small, pine-cone shaped gland belonging to the endocrine system, a structure of the diencephalon of the brain. It produces the hormone melatonin, which influences sexual development and sleep/wake cycles. The pineal gland connects the endocrine system with the nervous system, and it converts nerve signals from the sympathetic system of the peripheral nervous system into hormone signals. The pineal gland is involved in several functions of the body, including the secretion of hormones, regulation of endocrine functions, and converting nervous system signals to endocrine signals. It causes sleepiness, and in young persons influences sexual development and for all age groups affects the immune system and its development, and antioxidant activity.

In light of these medical facts, aiming an 'infrared thermometer gun' at this vital brain structure, rather than opting for a safer method of taking temperatures, raises many important questions regarding its safety and short and long-term effects. As there is no compelling evidence to show that 'infrared rays' do not damage the pineal gland, and as temperature checking is in any case more accurate at the wrist or inside the ear than at the forehead, I only consent for my child to being temperature checked at the wrist or via ear. I am taking responsibility for my child's health and welfare and forehead infra red ray thermometer testing has not been declared safe. As per my human rights UNESCO Bioethics & Human Rights 2005 Article 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 – Consent, I hereby remove my consent for my child to receive infra red ray forehead thermometer testing.

In light of the information I have provided you within this letter, I would also like you to consider abandoning forehead temperature testing entirely, and instead, conducting wrist-only or ear testing on all children at the school, as both these methods are much safer, more effective, and less alarming especially for those who suffer from PTSD and other anxiety disorders as a result of having a gun aimed at their heads, the connotations of which can be highly unnerving for those who may be suffering from hidden disabilities.

Please respond to this letter at your earliest possible convenience acknowledging my revoking of consent for forehead infra red ray thermometer testing in the workplace.

Yours sincerely,


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