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Responding to the States’ of Guernsey’s plan for education during the next phase of the COVID-19 response, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
           
“Guernsey appears to have performed very well at controlling the virus and the prolonged absence of new cases demonstrates that the time is right to consider the reopening of schools.

“However, it is important to remember that although it appears the risk is low, it is not zero and it cannot yet be said that the virus has been eliminated from the island.

“The States’ proposals for the phased reopening of schools, starting with primary schools, appears to be a proportionate response to the circumstances at hand. It is also right that no arbitrary date for extending either primary provision or reopening secondary provision has been set. This must be done on the basis of scientific advice on when it is safe to do so.

“The NASUWT is pleased that the union has been consulted prior to this announcement and commitments have been received to continue this engagement, which is also very welcome.

“The Union’s attention now turns to ensuring that sufficient safeguards and risk assessments are in place to protect pupils and staff from infection and to prevent the risk of a further outbreak of the virus from originating in schools.”

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