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Commenting on the announcement that schools will re-open fully after the Easter break, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The past year has taken its toll on the moral and the mental health of teachers, this has often been made worse by decisions made by ministers in response to the pandemic.

“Some of those decisions have placed teachers under great pressure, such as arrangements put in place for qualifications and the prospects of an unacceptable appeals process being imposed.

“Despite this teachers have responded with great professionalism to adjust to the unprecedented circumstances they have found themselves in and have maintained high-quality education provision and support for their pupils.

"But the situation on public health and in transmission of the virus remains still incredibly fragile and precarious. Robust enforcement of mitigations is required. Effective ventilation monitoring and ensuring that classrooms are not overcrowded is vital if schools and colleges are to ensure that they are safe for pupils and staff."

NASUWT National Official Scotland, Jane Peckham said:

“Whilst it is vital that the Government monitors the impact of fully opening schools and the effect on community transmissions, they must also review the number of education staff and pupils who contract the virus as well as the efficacy of national guidance. 

“The First Minister has made it clear that schools will need to strengthen other mitigations and we expect schools to do just that, including ensuring the wearing of face coverings where required. School, local authorities and the Government will need to monitor the situation carefully and respond swiftly if the infection rate increases or local outbreaks occur.”

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