Reopening delay is sensible to make school mass testing work, says UNISON

Primary opening should also be held back

Commenting on the announcement by education secretary Gavin Williamson that reopening will be delayed by a fortnight for many schools, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said today (Wednesday):

“Everyone agrees it’s important for schools and colleges to open but it can’t be at any expense when infections are rising.

“This delay for secondary schools is a sensible decision, giving more time to organise mass testing effectively to limit the spread. Primary and early years reopening should also be delayed because social distancing isn’t really possible.

“Ministers should also ensure any moves to extend the vaccine priority list must cover all school staff and not just teachers.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, private and community sectors.

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