UNISON response to ending bubbles and isolation in schools

This week the Secretary of State for Education has announced plans to consider ending bubbles and self-isolation of close contacts in schools before the end of term.

In response, UNISON’s schools committee met on Tuesday 29 June and agreed a statement and action plan to stand up for our members’ concerns about these proposals.

UNISON believes that the government’s plan to end bubbles and self-isolation of close contacts in schools is dangerous and will lead to more disruption. In light of the surge in infection rates in schools, UNISON is calling for the government to keep current rules in place and strengthen safety measures in schools, by making bubbles smaller, improving ventilation and bringing back previous rules on face coverings.

Member Meeting: Tuesday 20th July, 5.00pm

We will be holding an online meeting for all members on the government’s plans for schools in September and UNISON’s advice on improving safety for pupils and staff on Tuesday 20th July at 5pm (click on the link below to join the meeting via MS Teams). The meeting will be chaired by Pam Howard, Chair of UNISON’s Schools Committee. Jon Richards, Assistant General Secretary and Head of Education; Kim Sunley, National Officer, Health and Safety; and officers from the education team will explain the new guidance for schools, what this means for members and how UNISON can support you at work from September.

Join the meeting (on 20th July, 5pm)

Read UNISON’s statement below:

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