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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has called for schools in Scotland to move immediately to remote learning, given the high state of alert over Covid transmission rates.
 
Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“As the First Minister has set out, the situation is now grave and level of risk to everyone’s health and welfare has now escalated considerably. The most important thing we have learned through this pandemic is that failing to act quickly, decisively and preventatively in the face of this virus is always a mistake.
 
“Given the very real and present threat to public health, it is impossible to understand how there can be any justification for schools to remain open as normal in the run up to Christmas.
 
“Whilst the First Minister has rightly agreed to delay the return to schools in January for the majority of pupils, the Scottish Government must go further.

“While the level of risk of virus transmission is severe and increasing, immediate preventative action is needed now to protect lives.

“The Scottish Government should accept that moving immediately to remote learning for pupils could help to protect more lives and ensure the safety and welfare of pupils and teachers who remain at risk of catching the virus and passing it to their families over the Christmas holiday period.”
 
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
 
“The health and safety of school staff and pupils must be priority at this time of increased threat.
 
“A move now to remote learning protects pupils, teachers, families and the wider community and is the only safe and responsible course of action in response to scientific and medical evidence of the increased risk of virus transmission.”

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