Commenting on the new term arrangements announced today, Assistant General Secretary (Voice Community) Deborah Lawson said:
“Given the current uncertainty about the safety of staff, children and their families, we believe that this is a sensible decision in the circumstances.
“Schools, colleges and nurseries are normally the best place for pupils to learn, and Voice Community members always prioritise education/childcare and their pupils. However, with the new strain of COVID-19 and the lack of scientific evidence about its transmission, it seems that this is a necessary measure to ensure the safety of all.
“We will continue to work with the Welsh Government over the next two weeks to plan for the rest of term.
“However, our members in the early years and schools, special schools and PRUs who continue to work with the children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments, continue to feel vulnerable themselves.
“We are calling for all education and early years staff to be given a high priority for vaccination to assure their safety, and that of students, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“As a union that represents members across all aspects of education, from early years to university, we will continue to work with the Government and employers to ensure that workplaces are safe for our members and those under their care and ensuring that these members, the heartbeat of the workplace and their community, continue to have a voice.”