Show our solidarity with the teaching unions, teachers and staff at our schools. We need the wider public to support them at this very crucial time during the Covid 19 crisis.
We are asking that you show this by sending copies of the letter below and either email them or, post them to the head teacher of a school where you have relatives (children, grandchildren, etc) and also email Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot Constituency.
If you do not have relatives at a school please still email Anne Marie Morris, thank you
• Anne Marie Morris’s email address is:
• Postal Address:
2 Salisbury House, Salisbury Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2DF
Dear Head Teacher,
I am the Parent/Guardian/ Grandparent (please delete as applicable) of a child/children attending your school, I am writing to express my concerns regarding the impact returning to school too soon during the Covid 19 crisis will have on the teachers and staff at school, as well as the wider community.
I am in support of the statement released by UNISON, AEP, GMB, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU, NSEAD, Prospect and Unite and support the principles they have set out for returning to school as noted below:
“We all want schools to re-open, but that should only happen when it is safe to do so. The government is showing a lack of understanding about the dangers of the spread of coronavirus within schools, and outwards from schools to parents, sibling and relatives, and to the wider community.
“Uniquely, it appears, school staff will not be protected by social distancing rules. 15 children in a class, combined with their very young age, means that classrooms of 4 and 5-year olds could become sources of Covid-19 transmission and spread. While we know that children generally have mild symptoms, we do not know enough about whether they can transmit the disease to adults. We do not think that the government should be posing this level of risk to our society.
“We call on the government to step back from the 1st June and work with us to create the conditions for a safe return to schools based on the principles and tests we have set out.”
The principles and tests include:
- Safety and welfare of pupils and staff as the paramount principle
- No increase in pupil numbers until full rollout of a national test and trace scheme
- A national Covid-19 education taskforce with government, unions and education stakeholders to agree statutory guidance for safe reopening of schools
- Consideration of the specific needs of vulnerable students and families facing economic disadvantage
- Additional resources for enhanced school cleaning, PPE and risk assessments
- Local autonomy to close schools where testing indicates clusters of new covid-19 cases
I would ask that you speak up against the premature opening of your school, and schools in general; in defence of the staff, and the community which you serve so well.