The purpose of this briefing is to remind members of key points of NEU advice, following the government’s decision to ask schools to remain closed until further notice.
Government advice continues to be that, anyone who can work at home should do so, and anyone who can keep their child at home should do so – NHS workers are asking people to stay at home if at all possible. Members should avoid using public transport if at all possible.
There are three groups of staff, who should definitely be working from home:
The only children in school should be children of key workers, or other vulnerable children, who really can’t find an alternative. Government advice is that occupancy should be no more than 10%. Schools should do everything they can to adhere to government guidelines on social distancing.
Staffing should be kept at the minimum required to provide childcare for the number of children in school. This means asking staff to volunteer to be on a rota. The NEU is encouraging members to work on a rota in schools unless they are in one of the government’s vulnerable groups, or caring for someone in one of those groups.
A summary of some key points from the NEU advice:
With schools remaining closed to the vast majority of children, many will be feeling a sense of dislocation and may be missing seeing familiar friends and faces. The NEU believes that there is real value in teachers making “welfare’” calls to speak to children and check how they are getting on. Where schools are considering making calls to families, it should be discussed with staff and their union Reps and a protocol agreed.
See our separate briefing on making home calls:
We will issue further updates but please do check the NEU website www.neu.org.uk/coronavirus and contact us if you have any concerns about any aspect of this situation.
Download a copy of this: Coronavirus_briefing_No.5
27th April 2020