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Responding to reports that teachers are being told to disable to the NHS Test and Trace app in schools, NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:

“The Government rightly states that the NHS Test and Trace app is a key part of the UK’s Covid-19 response. Instructions for the use of the app clearly state it should switched on at all times in schools unless the phone is in a locker.

“It beggars belief that some schools are disregarding such clear instructions and it is deeply worrying that local public health teams appear to be giving similar advice.

“Even more concerning is that some teachers are being told to disregard app notifications to self-isolate, apparently in order to reduce the numbers of staff and pupils self-isolating.

“A key aspect of controlling the virus is an effective test and trace system, of which the app is an integral part.

“Schools and authorities overriding advice are putting at risk the safety and the lives of teachers and pupils and risking much larger outbreaks. This would lead to far more pupils and teachers self-isolating than would be required if the app was followed.

“The Government’s test and trace system is already beset with problems, and Ministers must act swiftly and with clarity to ensure that schools are following the correct guidance at all times and teachers have the app switched on in schools.”


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