Workers' Forum - For
Schools When It Is Safe
Petition Sponsored by the National Education Union (NEU)
Current Number of Signatures: 190,964
To The Prime Minister:
We, the undersigned, oppose any re-opening of schools before it is safe to
do so. As a matter of urgency and certainly well before any proposal to re-open
schools is published, please can you share with teachers and parents:
- Your modelling of the increased number of cases and mortalities amongst
children, their parents, carers and extended families, and their teachers and
support staff as a result of the re-opening of schools.
- Whether such modelling is based on some notion that social distancing could
be implemented in schools (we ask this because many teachers think this would
be a foolhardy assumption)?
- Would your modelling be based on concrete plans to have regular testing of
children and staff, availability of appropriate PPE and enhanced levels of
cleaning - with all of which we are currently experiencing severe difficulties?
- Whether your modelling would include plans for children and staff in
vulnerable health categories, or living with people in vulnerable health
categories not to be in school or college?
- Your latest evidence on which people are most vulnerable to permanent
consequences or death from the virus, for example the evidence of the impact on
those who live in crowded accommodation, those with different comorbidities,
those from different ethnic groups and of different ages and both sexes.
- Are you developing plans for extensive testing, contact tracing and
quarantine in society as a whole?
- Teachers see that countries successfully implementing such strategies have
many fewer cases and many many fewer mortalities than we do in the UK. Would
you intend these plans be in place well before schools are re-opened, which
seems essential to us?
- If you are not developing such plans what is your overall approach and is
it dependent on an assumption that those who have had the virus are then
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