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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has warned that the safety of Isle of Man teachers is at risk of being compromised by the lack of adequate planning and consultation with the school workforce over the role of schools during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ms Chris Keates, Acting General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The NASUWT is deeply concerned about the lack of clarity and consultation around the partial closure of Isle of Man schools. This lack of clarity is making it extremely difficult for schools to adequately plan provision.

“The NASUWT is disappointed over the lack of consultation over the response to the virus, in stark contrast to other island jurisdictions where plans have been developed in the spirit of partnership.

“Teachers are committed professionals who are eager to play their part in this national crisis, but this must be done in a planned, safe way that avoids unnecessary interactions. Parents and employers must also act responsibly and only send their children to school if they are a key worker and there is no other appropriate childcare provision for them.

“The NASUWT calls upon the DESC and Minister to work with the Union to devise an approach which minimises risks to school staff so that they can support the collective effort to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak.”

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