Schools Health & Safety

UNISON Waltham Forest understands many members have been sent letters from their head teacher advising them that the school will reconvene on 1st June 2020.

Many of you are worried that there has been no appropriate H&S risk assessment undertaken or yet put in place, to support you individually and or pupils.

UNISON has been battling on your behalf to ensure your safety is paramount and cannot support the action of sending our members into a school where the risk of CV19 contagion cannot be safely controlled.

UNISON have been engaging with the Local Authority to express our concerns on your behalf and we require reassurances from the Authority and individual schools that detailed risk assessments have been jointly-conducted and agreed by the Trade Union side before a school is considered to be  safe to reopen.

UNISON Member concerns

•    Appropriate social distancing within schools, sighting this may not be possible
•    Adequate cleaning of workplaces
•    Testing availability for staff
•    Correct PPE in all areas
•    Minimal risk to personal health

The Local Authority schools have put out risk assessments which are to be viewed and fedback by UNIONS by Friday 22nd May 2020, at this time we will decided how best to support our members.

The Department for Education has confirmed that 1 June is an ‘aspiration’ and therefore the responsibility for taking the decision about when it is safe to increase pupil numbers will rest with individual schools.

UNISON believe that the government’s plan to increase pupil numbers on 1 June is premature and poses a threat to the health and safety of pupils, parents, staff and our wider community. We will not agree to any rushing to opening schools without UNIONS first agreeing the outcome of a Risk Assessment

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