School trade unions have called for classes not to be reopened any further.
Greenwich branches of GMB, NEU and Unite make a unified call to local schools and the council to halt Monday’s wider opening of schools in the borough, after four prominent members of the Government’s own scientific advisory body broke ranks to express worries about the safety of this action.
Danny Hoggan, Greenwich Unite Branch Secretary added his concerns on how this hasty move does not just place school staff, pupils and their families at more risk. “Unite believes that it’s too soon to open up schools further while Covid-19 cases are still at such high levels. Many Unite members have continued working in schools during the lockdown and they need to be kept safe. In addition, our public transport, especially buses, have limited capacity, so this would be a reckless move. Too many brave bus drivers have already lost their lives, and those still working will be put at even more risk. 60 Councils across England have instructed schools to keep the present status quo. Unite believes without a full and effective Test & Trace programme in place, schools cannot open more widely.”
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