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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has called for the States of Jersey to follow the decision taken in England by delaying the return to schools in January to enable mass testing of all pupils.

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“Given the extremely high prevalence of Coronavirus in Jersey, which is only likely to be exacerbated by greater household mixing over Christmas, we believe a coordinated plan for mass testing should be implemented prior to the return of pupils in January and as part of a tougher package of measures to protect staff and pupils in schools.

“The NASUWT is continuing to press ministers to put in place additional measures to protect pupils and staff in schools, including a move to remote and blended learning, an extension to the use of face coverings on school sites, greater testing and additional protections for vulnerable staff, including allowing staff who are extremely clinically vulnerable to work from home.

“The government must take stronger action which puts the health, safety and welfare of children and the school workforce first.”

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