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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is calling for the Scottish Government to step up Covid control measures in schools to help break chains of virus transmission, amid a backdrop of soaring cases in schools only a few weeks after pupils returned.
 
Ministers committed to review the current mitigations based on the evidence which emerged in the first six weeks of term. It is clear Covid cases are rising rapidly in schools and the NASUWT believes it is in the best interests of pupils, school staff and the wider community for measures to be strengthened now, rather than wait.
 
The Union is calling for proactive measures to deliver on promises to improve ventilation and an extension to the programme of onsite testing to break the chain of virus transmission within schools.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary said:

“Ministers must not risk complacency by following a strategy of crossing their fingers and hoping for the best, given the rising numbers of Covid cases amongst school-age pupils in recent weeks.

“Ministers could reintroduce the requirement for pupils to self-isolate when they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and move to support an extended programme of onsite testing in schools, rather than relying on a less effective system of home testing. These measures could have a significant impact in breaking the chain of virus transmission amongst young people.

“The Government needs to accelerate the promised rollout of Co2 monitors into schools to assist with ensuring good ventilation.
  
“There is no excuse for the Government to allow further disruption to pupils’ education, when effective measures can be taken immediately in response to the clear and growing evidence of Covid transmission in schools and the wider community.”

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