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The decision by the States of Jersey to remove the self-isolation requirement is reckless at a time of rising cases of Covid, both in schools and the wider Jersey community, the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union believes.

The Union has condemned what appears to be a snap decision by ministers and its timing, which gave schools no ability to prepare for the change in measures.

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The Government has a duty to protect public health, yet ministers have failed to provide the scientific evidence to justify this decision which has been taken at a time when case numbers are rising and before all school staff have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated.

“The abrupt timing of this decision and the failure to give schools time to prepare has caused alarm and anxiety among staff and parents.

“Schools must now take such appropriate steps to ensure safety onsite, including revised risk assessments which may include the need for additional measures such as providing education separately for pupils who have been advised to take a Covid test but who refuse to do so.

“Extra mitigations for staff who are at greater risk from Covid will also need to be considered by schools.

“This pandemic is far from over and now is not the time for complacency by ministers.

“The focus should remain the safety and welfare of school staff, children and young people as we move towards the end of term.” 

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