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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has called on the education minister to urgently provide clarity and greater support for teachers, as well as pupils and parents over the COVID-19 outbreak.

The NASUWT has concerns that schools and colleges have not been provided with hand sanitiser and that schools and colleges are not being provided with posters to remind staff and pupils about the hygiene steps they should be taking to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.

The NASUWT is meeting with the minister on Friday to discuss the measures to protect staff and pupils in the wake of the outbreak.

Ms Chris Keates, Acting General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union said:

“The statements released to date by the Isle of Man Government over COVID-19 have failed to give the clear and definitive directions necessary to enable teachers, pupils and parents to be confident in the decisions they are making or to provide the reassurance and assurance that people need at this time.

“The failure to provide enhanced hygiene resources and clear information about the  steps to protect teachers, headteachers and other staff working in schools and colleges in the context of commentators constantly referring to the threats posed by children carrying COVID-19 is causing chaos and confusion and placing intolerable pressure on all school and college staff and their families.

“We will be putting all these points to the minister when we meet with him on Friday and making it clear we expect to see a rapid response to support those working and attending schools and colleges.”

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