Sign The National Petition
Persuade All Staff To Sign The NEU School Statement
Boris Johnson has signalled the reopening of schools. The NEU has said this must only happen when these five tests have been meet. See further below.
Please will you;
1. Download this School Statement
2. Ask all colleagues to agree to have their name added to it.
3. Email it to your headteacher, Julian Bell, your schools’ MP and Stefan Simms Ealing NEU. Or just email it to email@example.com and I will send it on your behalf.
4. Sign the National Petition
The NEU’s Five Tests To Ensure Its Is Safe For Staff and Pupils
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.
“If you are falling from the sky and your parachute is safely slowing your descent, you do not cut the parachute strings until you have landed!” Kevin Courtney NEU Joint General Secretary
“Given that an early return to full school populations will mean an increased risk to our members and the children in their care, we are writing to ask the Prime Minister to share modelling, evidence and plans.” NEU
Its Impossible To Social Distance In Any School, This Link Shows Why.
You Have The Legal Right To Leave School If You Think You Are At Risk.
Simon Hester was an Inspector for the Health & Safety Executive for 18 years. He explains why in this Link.
Kevin Courtney Joint NEU General Secretary Says
If the Government makes an announcement setting a date for schools to open more widely then we will:
1 Call an emergency national executive meeting,
2 A branch officers zoom call,
3 A workplace reps zoom call,
4 All members telephone town hall,
5 Produce a video aimed at parents and carers,
6 Write to all heads, MAT chief execs and Local Authorities.
On the calls we will:
– Analyse the Govt announcement
– Discuss how Govt has responded to our demands for authoritative peer reviewed science.
– Discuss how the law protects people from working in unsafe environments –
– Including Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act (Health & Safety at work) 1996.
If you want to join in these calls then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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