Cautious approach needed to reopen schools in Wales

03 Jun 2020
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GMB, the union for school support staff is calling on the Welsh Government to ensure that rigorous health and safety checks are applied before staff and children return to schools in Wales. 

Earlier today (3 June 2020), Kirsty Williams MS, the Education Minister announced initial plans that will see the wider opening of School settings: with Further Education to re-open from 15 June and Schools to reopen on 29 June.

Here's what Education Minister Kirsty Williams had to say about schools reopening in Wales pic.twitter.com/9nYecMTxqJ

The proposals will see the School term extended by a week until 27 July. 

GMB has advocated a cautious and pragmatic approach to support the needs of children and young people, as well as help workers return to the workplace when it is safe to do so. 

Nicola Savage, GMB Welsh Education lead said: 

“We’ve been meeting with the Welsh Government regularly and we’ve made clear that we back a cautious approach. It’s vital that any return to school is accompanied with the proper risk assessments 

Its important that the Welsh Government put safety of staff and children first, and so far from our discussions, we’re confident that is forefront at their mind. 

“This is an ongoing process and over the next few weeks, we’ll be consulting with our members in a series of online meetings to hear and monitor their return to work. 

“Our members should be reassured this will not be a dive in at the deep end. We will assist them every step of the way in the journey back to work, ensuring that rigorous Risk Assessments, Social distancing plus Health and Safety measures are enforced, which must include PPE where appropriate.” 


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