Speaking about the Minister’s decision to introduce more measures in secondary schools and colleges on a national basis, Mary van den Heuvel, Senior Policy Officer for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru have long been calling for more mitigations in schools and colleges to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and keep everyone in education as safe as possible. In light of the new variant, it is important we act quickly – and measures such as masks in classrooms will be welcome.

“Scientists will learn more about Omicron in the coming days but taking action in schools and colleges now will help support learners and the education workforce in the run up to Christmas. We only have 3 weeks left of the school term, and it is important that every possible measure is put in place now.

“NEU Cymru members will be worried about the level of staff absences and that there is no further guidance on primary and special schools at this time and we would be looking to work with the Welsh Government on this to make sure learners and staff, as well as their families and communities, are kept as safe as possible.”

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Contact: Mary van den Heuvel, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 2049 1818.

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