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Responding to confirmation from Arlene Foster that the stay at home message remains in place in Northern Ireland and there are no current plans for schools to reopen, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The NASUWT welcome the comments by First Minister Arlene Foster today that Northern Ireland is sticking with the "stay home, save lives" message and will not be deviating from the message at this time.
 
This reaffirmation of the ‘stay at home’ message provides clarity for the general public and for those working in schools.
 
“The Northern Ireland Executive decided to close schools on public health grounds and it is right that schools not reopen until it is safe to do so.
 
“Schools should continue to limit their opening only to vulnerable children and to children of key workers.
 
“No teacher or child should be expected to go into a school that is not safe and until it can be demonstrated that it is safe for them to do so.
 
“The NASUWT will continue to support members in providing access to remote learning support for children who stay at home.”
 

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