Teachers raise safety concerns while ‘don’t cross lines’ could be drawn to help distancing

Aug 3, 2020 by

TEACHERS are raising fresh concerns to the Scottish Government about safety as schools prepare to re-open next week.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is scotland-shool.jpgThe children of key-workers comply with social distancing rules while attending a hub school for Edinburgh city centre pupils at Drummond Community High School, Edinburgh.

New calls are being made for ministers to ensure safety in the classroom in advance of the re-opening of schools on August 11, despite official guidance issued to councils that said children should “return to school as quickly and as safely as possible”.

The appeal comes as the head of Scotland’s biggest teaching union has warned that staff may have to resort to drawing a “a ‘don’t cross’ line across the front of the class” in a bid to stop pupils getting too close to them.

The Herald revealed last week that teachers and pupils will not be routinely tested for coronavirus when all schools re-open next month, despite fears of an impending second wave.

READ MORE: No routine testing for all teachers or pupils on school return

It has been confirmed that what is described as an “enhanced surveillance” involving sample testing and covering only a cross-section of schools is being planned by the Scottish Government – but that may not be ready in time for August 11.

It has further emerged that officials plan over a “period of time” to work with “substantial numbers of [older] children and workers” at a “representative sample of schools” throughout Scotland, using repeated testing and survey data and participation would be voluntary. Guidance does not yet make clear how often the testing will be carried out.

Source: Teachers raise safety concerns while ‘don’t cross lines’ could be drawn to help distancing | HeraldScotland

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