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As schools in Wales prepare for wider re-opening on Monday 15 March, NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union has raised concerns with the Welsh Government about lack of compliance by some local authorities and schools to the Operational Guidance following further advice from the Welsh Government to local authorities.
 
NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:
 
“The NASUWT has welcomed the Welsh Government's commitment to social distancing as an important mitigation in bringing back the older secondary pupils.

“Unfortunately, this has been badly communicated by the Welsh Government and some authorities and schools do not seem to have accepted it is vitally important that there should be social distancing in classrooms in the next phase of returning to school settings.  

“There must be strict compliance with the operational guidance and the Welsh Government must be ensuring that compliance.” 

NASUWT National Offical Wales Neil Butler said:
 
“Around a quarter of teachers in Wales are over 50 and most of those have not received their first vaccination.

“They face going back into schools to face a more contagious strain of the virus. Until the Education workforce has been vaccinated we must have Social Distancing in classrooms where there are older learners.

“It is unacceptable that some Local Authorities and schools seem to be choosing to ignore the social distancing advice in the Operational Guidance. They are risking the spread of a virus at a time when the education workforce and learners are unprotected.”
 
 

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