UNISON has produced an information pack and safety checklist for members working in schools and early years.
UNISON stresses that we need risk assessments, staff training and clear guidance on safe working practices. It emphasises that trade unions must be involved in local planning to ensure agreement round safe opening of schools and early learning centres. As you know, the branch has pushed to make sure this happens.
The purpose of this pack is to make trade union involvement a reality on the ground for our growing number of members in schools. Staff have skills, they know their jobs. They must be included at the start of any local planning of expansion and reopening. Risk assessments and then action to mitigate risks need to be in place to ensure that children and staff are safe. This is no time for short cuts.