Commenting on the action needed to keep staff and young people safe in schools and colleges that have remained open, David Evans, Wales secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“It’s a mixed picture in Wales today, with many schools still shut, whilst they make plans for the coming weeks. But it seems clear to us that education professionals still in school must be high on the list of those who need testing. Clear too, is the importance of cleanliness in schools, ensuring that schools are safe havens for educators and children alike.

“It’s going to get more serious in the next few weeks. Italy has shown us that. Our members and the children and young people they work with are our top priority as a union. We know many of our members will be worried, so need strong and clear advice to schools, to back up the head teachers, who are having to choose which young people can be in schools.

“Our members can’t be asked to go in if they are on the vulnerable list or live with someone vulnerable. We know this will be difficult for many of them who want to step up to the plate. But to safeguard our NHS, and as many lives as we can, we need to protect our educators, so they can be there to support our critical services.” 

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