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The NASUWT has requested an urgent meeting with ministers on Jersey to discuss the situation in schools and colleges following a significant deterioration in the situation with rapidly rising numbers of cases of Covid-19 on the island.

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:

“The situation on the island is clearly very serious, with daily new infections far exceeding those seen in the first wave and the rate seen in the UK before the second lockdown

“The NASUWT has always maintained that schools should remain open if it is safe for them to do so, however it is becoming increasingly difficult to see how this is possible with such high rates of transmission and increasing numbers of staff absence.

“The NASUWT is receiving increasing numbers of messages from members stating they do not believe schools on Jersey are safe for pupils or teachers.   

“Given the epidemic level of virus transmission on the island, and the Government’s apparent loss of control of the situation, there is now compelling evidence that extending the current partial lockdown to include schools and colleges has to be seriously and urgently considered.

“In the absence of that, the Government must come forward with additional measures to keep schools safe for pupils and staff and to minimise the risk of virus transmission in the wider community, including moving to a system of blended learning.”
 

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