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Commenting on the publication of updated Covid-19 guidance for schools in Scotland for the start of the new term, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The publication of further guidance requires the provision of additional time and resources for schools to ensure that appropriate and effective systems are in place in response to the Omicron variant.
“The weak guidance on ventilation will be of particular concern to teachers and school leaders, given the strong scientific evidence indicating the need for more investment to be made in the provision of Co2 monitors and air purifiers.
“Encouraging uptake of twice weekly asymptomatic testing among pupils does not guarantee that these tests will be undertaken. Funding from the Government for additional onsite testing for pupils would be a more effective way of ensuring that all pupils are regularly tested during this period of high Covid prevalence.
“It is difficult to square the enhanced measures on self-isolation that were recently introduced for the general population with the introduction of a ‘voluntary’ exemption from self-isolation for workers in schools.
“The Government must explain how they will ensure that teachers who should be self-isolating are not placed under pressure to return to the workplace prematurely, which could put others at risk.”


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