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Commenting on the plans set out by the First Minister for the reopening of schools in Scotland, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teacher’s Union, said:

“The NASUWT has previously welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision not to rush ahead with the reopening of schools.

“As plans are now starting to be set out of how schools might begin to reopen in the coming months, it will be critical that ministers maintain a cautious approach which does not undermine public health or put at risk the health and safety of teachers or children.

“As more detail emerges on arrangements, the NASUWT will evaluate them and advise members in the light of the key tests it has established around making schools COVID-19 secure and minimising risk.

“The NASUWT’s bottom line remains that no teacher or pupil should be expected to return to school until it can be demonstrated that it is safe to do so.”

Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:

“Teachers will understandably be anxious to know the detail of how the Government’s plans are going to work and what measures will be in place in schools to keep them safe.

“The NASUWT will continue to work with Scottish Government, employers and sister trade unions through the Education Recovery workstreams in the development of these plans, with our primary concern being the safety and wellbeing of staff and pupils.”

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