Levels of #COVID19 are high or rising exponentially and employers must review and update as a matter of priority the risk assessments and control measures in their schools in consultation with employees, the NASUWT and other trade unions.
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In light of the increased threat level, there is a clear requirement for all employers to review their risk assessments and mitigations, to limit the spread of #COVID19 within schools and colleges.
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It is essential that employers do not continue to operate on the basis of outdated risk assessments that were produced when COVID-19 transmission levels were at their lowest immediately prior to full reopening in September.
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Government advice is that people should work from home if possible, and to minimise social contact. This is especially pertinent in the case of teachers with underlying health conditions or disabilities, or who may otherwise be deemed to be vulnerable.
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There are significant numbers of teachers who are pregnant, who are clinically extremely vulnerable, who have underlying conditions, or who are from higher risk groups such as BAME teachers who are already extremely concerned and anxious about their safety at work.
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Their concerns have been heightened as a result of the increased incidence of coronavirus transmission, together with the lack of social distancing within schools and the absence of PPE. These risks continue to present serious dangers for #NASUWT members.
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We are asking employers to confirm what additional measures they intend to implement to minimise the risk of coronavirus being transmitted to these groups within the workforce.
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I have written to the Local Authority Directors of Education, Multi Academy Trust Chief Executives and Independent School headteachers outlining our deep concerns.

Oct 19, 2020 · 12:13 PM UTC

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Replying to @PatrickR_NASUWT
@PatrickR_NASUWT have you had a response?
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I think we may need to be patient. Letter is dated October. Eagerly awaiting the response.
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Granted, it is only a letter rather than a call for immediate action but thank-you, this is important. Who in their right mind will sign off a risk assessment document in the current climate. @LancashireCC will your education representatives? #dontmentiontheschools
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I’ve been telling @NorthernEdTrust this for weeks! They have refused to identify aerosol transmission as a risk factor and refuse to allow pupils to choose to wear a face covering in classrooms. Known positive cases in yrs 7, 9, 11, 12 & 13 (they’ve stopped informing parents now)
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It would be great if they was a combined message from all teaching unions?! @NEUnion @NAHTnews
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Replying to @PatrickR_NASUWT
I bet this has got them trembling
Replying to @PatrickR_NASUWT
And if, like every other letter you have written to them, they ignore it what do you propose to do? Staff are getting infected every day leaving them with potentially life long health problems or worse. The time for letters is well past.
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