If you and other members have concerns around safety and the growing trend of increased workload as a result of coronavirus, first try to discuss them collectively.
Contact your local branch or district for support with your concerns, advice on raising them with the head/SLT, what happens if they are not dealt with, and any further steps available to you.
If you need further advice, please consult our coronavirus pages.
Do make sure risk assessments, including for individuals, are revised and updated to ensure appropriate safety measures are implemented. Risk assessments should be reviewed regularly and whenever there is a change in circumstances.
Don’t leave it up to the employer – you are entitled to be consulted about risk assessments.
Staff at higher risk
Do ensure individual risk assessments and working arrangements reflect personal circumstances. CEV staff should work from home until at least 31 March; press for CV and older staff to work at home as well pending vaccination protection.
Don’t accept that individual risk assessments are set in stone – they must be revised as circumstances change.
Do ensure working areas are well ventilated and at a comfortable working temperature. If in doubt request use of CO2 monitors.
Don’t agree to teach in classrooms with unsafe ventilation.
Hygiene and cleaning
Do raise concerns if hand washing / sanitising systems for staff and pupils aren’t working or if you feel your school isn’t being properly cleaned.
Don’t allow hand washing and sanitising standards to drop; and don’t take on cleaning duties if you are not employed as a cleaner.
Do argue for PPE where staff cannot maintain distance from pupils who cannot control behaviour.
Don’t accept that large gatherings, such as staff meetings or parents’ evenings, take place in person. All such meetings should continue to take place remotely.
Do ensure that suitable face coverings are worn in school by all primary and secondary staff, and by pupils in Y7 and above, including in classrooms.
Don’t accept that anyone should be prevented from wearing a face covering if it helps them feel safer.
Do assume that a positive LFT result means you have the virus. Follow this up with a confirmatory PCR test.
Don’t assume that a negative LFT result guarantees you don’t have the virus. There should be no relaxation of protective measures.
Do insist that bubbles are kept as small as possible to minimise contact and mixing.
Don’t olerate bubbles being routinely breached. Every breach increases the risk of transmission.
Do ensure measures are in place to handle pupils’ work safely, through online systems or with quarantine arrangements.
Don’t ensure measures are in place to handle pupils’ work safely, through online systems or with quarantine arrangements.
Do ensure that normal entitlements, such as lunch breaks, directed time limits and PPA time are adhered to.
Don’t agree to unnecessary learning walks, book scrutiny and lesson observations, or other non-essential in-school accountability processes that risk spreading the virus.