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Petition: County Council - only reopen our schools when it's safe to do so

The Government is insisting that our schools open on 1st June. We're asking the County Council to say no to opening our schools prematurely and to only do so when it's absolutely safe!
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The Government continues to insist that schools should open their doors to school staff and children on 1st June.

We believe this is reckless and urge the County Council to refuse these orders. We want the welfare and safety of our children and school staff put first.

The County Council should listen to the National Education Union (NEU) and only allow schools to reopen once these 5 tests have been passed.

Test 1: Much lower numbers of Covid-19 cases
The new case count must be much lower than it is now, with a sustained downward trend, with confidence that new cases are known and counted promptly. And the Government must have extensive arrangements for testing and contact tracing to keep it that way.

Test 2: A national plan for social distancing
The Government must have a national plan including parameters for both appropriate physical distancing and levels of social mixing in schools, as well as for appropriate PPE, which will be locally negotiated at school-by-school and local authority level.

Test 3: Testing, testing, testing!
Comprehensive access to regular testing for children and staff to ensure our schools and colleges don’t become hot spots for Covid-19.

Test 4: Whole school strategy
Protocols to be put in place to test a whole school or college when a case occurs and for isolation to be strictly followed.

Test 5: Protection for the vulnerable
Vulnerable staff, and staff who live with vulnerable people, must work from home, fulfilling their professional duties to the extent that is possible. Plans must specifically address the protection of vulnerable parents, grandparents and carers.

No return to school until it’s safe to do so. 

*We will forward a copy of this petition to Terry Douris, County Council Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Localism.

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