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North Somerset schools have made right decision

29 May 2020
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GMB, the union for school support staff, praised the decisions of schools across North Somerset for putting the safety of staff and Schoolchildren first.

Boris Johnsons' plan to open all primary schools to Year 1, Reception and Year 6 from 1st June is not happening in the region after no schools in North Somerset decided to open.

In recent weeks, North Somerset become a regional epicentre for Covid-19, with Weston General Hospital closed to admissions on 25th May following a spike in cases of the deadly virus.

Tim Northover, GMB Organiser said:

"We think that these schools have made the right decision. To the very best of my knowledge there is not a single school in North Somerset that will be opening to these 3 year groups on 1st June - and very few schools taking any pupils at all on 1st June. 

"This is a solid victory for GMB and all our members involved in the campaign. Thank you to all our members who got involved to play a vital part in this, working alongside North Somerset Councillors and sister Unions.

"After the recent closure of Weston General Hospital due to a spike in COVID admissions, its right that the schools put the safety of the community first and limit the chances of exposure. I'd also like to pay tribute to our hardworking GMB heroes on the frontline in the hospital who have been at the forefront of this fight."

For more information please check out the online GMB Union Schools Support Staff Noticeboard

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