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Commenting on the Welsh Government’s announcement that all staff and students in secondary schools should wear face coverings while indoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:

“We welcome the Government’s decision to reintroduce face masks in classrooms and communal areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, but it should be taking further action to protect staff and students.

“With high numbers of Coronavirus cases and the new Omicron variant, the Government should take all practical steps to reduce the risks of transmission in all schools with regard to ventilation, onsite testing and close contact isolation.
 
“Until more is known about the potential impact of this new variant, it is vital that safety measures to protect staff and students are as robust as possible.”

Neil Butler, National Official for Wales, said: “We appreciate that the Welsh Government has taken swift action to reintroduce face masks indoors for secondary schools.

“However, this new Omicron variant makes it even more imperative that the Government keeps its promises on Covid safety measures for schools.

“The Government pledged to provide a carbon dioxide monitor for every classroom, but many schools are still waiting to receive their monitors. This must now be made a top priority.”

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